The Formation of the Biblical Canon (2 Volume Set)
:Lee Martin McDonald provides a magisterial overview of the development of the biblical canon -- the emergence of the list of individual texts that constitutes the Christian bible. In these two volumes -- in sum more than double the length...
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:Lee Martin McDonald provides a magisterial overview of the development of the biblical canon -- the emergence of the list of individual texts that constitutes the Christian bible. In these two volumes -- in sum more than double the length of his previous works on this subject -- McDonald presents his most in-depth overview to date. McDonald shows students and researchers how the list of texts that constitute 'the bible' was once far more fluid than it is today and guides readers through the minefield of different texts, different versions, and the different lists of texts considered 'canonical' that abounded in antiquity. Questions of the origin and transmission of texts are introduced as well as consideration of innovations in the presentation of texts, collections of documents, archaeological finds and Church councils.In the first volume McDonald reexamines issues of canon formation once considered settled, and sets the range of texts that make up the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) in their broader context. Each individual text is discussed, as are the cultural, political and historical situations surrounding them. The second volume considers the New Testament, and the range of so-called 'apocryphal' gospels that were written in early centuries, and used by many Christian groups before the canon was closed. Comprehensive appendices showing various canon lists for both Old and New Testaments and for the bible as as a whole are also included.
McDonald is principal and dean of theology at Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
- :<b>volume 1: The Old Testament: Its Authority And Canonicity</b>title Pagededicationtable Of Contentsabbreviations And Table Of Timelines For Canon Formationprefacepart One: Introductions And Definitions1. Introduction2. The Notion And Use Of Scripture3. The Notion And Use Of Canonpart Two: The Origin And Formation Of The Hebrew Bible4. Forming The Hebrew Bible5. The Law, The Prophets, And The Cessation Of Prophecy6. Hellenism And The Formation Of The Hebrew Bible7. Jewish Sects: Essenes, Sadducees, Pharisees, Samaritans8. Emerging Jewish And Christian Collections Of Scriptures9. The Scriptures Of Jesus And Early Christianity10. Texts Reflecting An Emerging Biblical Canon11. Scripture In The Rabbinic Tradition (90 - 550 C.e.)12. Ancient Artifacts And The Stabilization Of The Jewish Scriptures13. The Formation Of The Hebrew Bible And The Old Testament: A Summaryprimary Sources Indexauthor Indexsubject Index<b>volume Two: The New Testament: Its Origin And Canonicity</b>1. From Story To Scripture: The Beginnings, Traditions, And The Gospels2. New Testament Writings As Scripture3. From Scripture To Canon: Tracing The Origins4. Authorities In Early Christianity: Tradition, Scripture, And The Spirit5. The Influence Of Heresy On The Formation Of The Bible6. The Literary Artifacts Of Antiquity And Canonization7. Codices, Nomina Sacra, Catalogues, And Citations8. Collections, Councils, And Canon Formation9. The Criteria Question10. Final Reflectionsappendices A. Ot Canon Lists B. James Sanders' Canon Listsc. Nt Canon Listsselect Bibliographyprimary Sources Indexauthor Indexsubject Index