Jewish & Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon (Library Of Second Temple Studies Series)
Synopsis ^A fascinating collection of essays that builds upon the growing interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture. ^Description ^ Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact...
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^A fascinating collection of essays that builds upon the growing interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture.
^Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon constitutes a collection of studies that reflect and contribute to the growing scholarly interest in manuscripts as artifacts and witnesses to early stages in Jewish and Christian understanding of sacred scripture.
^^Scholars and textual critics have in recent years rightly recognized the contribution that ancient manuscripts make to our understanding of the development of canon in its broadest and most inclusive sense. The studies included in this volume shed significant light on the most important questions touching the emergence of canon consciousness and written communication in the early centuries of the Christian church. The concern here is not in recovering a theoretical "original text" or early "recognized canon," but in analysis of and appreciation for texts as they actually circulated and were preserved through time.
Some of the essays in this collection explore the interface between canon as theological concept, on the one hand, and canon as reflected in the physical/artifactual evidence, on the other. Other essays explore what the artifacts tell us about life and belief in early communities of faith. Still other studies investigate the visual dimension and artistic expressions of faith, including theology and biblical interpretation communicated through the medium of art and icon in manuscripts. The volume also includes scientific studies concerned with the physical properties of particular manuscripts. These studies will stimulate new discussion in this important area of research and will point students and scholars in new directions for future work.
The Library of Second Temple Studies (LSTS) is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Second Temple studies, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. All the many and diverse aspects of Second Temple study are represented and promoted, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.
Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, Luke (New International Bible Commentary), Mark (Word Biblical Commentary), Jesus and the Ossuaries, Fabricating Jesus and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research, Dictionary of New Testament Background, From Prophecy To Testament and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
He has recently served on the advisory board on The Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He most recent work is Matthew (New Cambridge Bible Commentary.)
Danny Zacharias (Ph.D., (cand) University of Aberdeen, Highland Theological College) serves as Professor of Intoduction to Biblical Languages at Acadia Divinity School.
- Introduction - C. A. Evans And H. D. Zacharias; K. L. Noll, "current Thinking About Hebrew Canon-formation"; Francis Borchardt, "concepts Of Scripture In 1 Maccabees"; Ian Scott, "is The Bible Always Scripture: The 'low' View Of The Pentateuch In The Letter Of Aristeas"; Don Barker, "how Big And How Old Is Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1353?"; Peter Arzt-grabner, "'i Was Intending To Visit You, But...': Clauses Explaining Delayed Visits And Their Importance In Papyrus Letters And In Paul"; Annette Bourland Huizenga, "advice To The Bride: Moral Exhortation For Young Wives In Two Ancient Letters"; Marianne Schleicher, "transitions Between Artifactual And Hermeneutical Use Of Scripture"; Brian Malley, "text, Artifact, And Meanings"; Larry Hurtado, "early Christian Manuscripts Of Biblical Texts As Artifacts"; Stephen Reed, "physical And Visual Features Of Dead Sea Scrolls Scriptural Texts"; Eduard Iricinschi, "'a Thousand Books Will Be Saved': Manichean Manuscripts And Religious Propaganda In The Roman Empire"; Thomas Kraus, "'he That Dwelleth In The Help Of The Highest': Septuagint Psalm 90 And The Iconographic Program On Byzantine Armbands"; Kirsten Nielsen, "the Danish Hymnbook: Artifact And Text"; David Chalcraft, "some Biblical Artifacts In Search Of A Sociological Theory"; Dorina Miller Parmenter, "the Bible As Icon: Myths Of The Divine Origin Of Scripture"; Peter M. Head, "letter Carriers In The Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material"; Juan Hernandez, "the Apocalypse In Codex Sinaiticus".