The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets
Just below the surface of any Christian view of the Bible is the knotty issue of the biblical canon. How and when was it decided which books make up the Bible? What makes a book canonical? In...
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Just below the surface of any Christian view of the Bible is the knotty issue of the biblical canon.
How and when was it decided which books make up the Bible?
What makes a book canonical?
In this volume, respected Old Testament scholar Christopher Seitz helps readers understand how the Old Testament fits into the canon's development. Brief and readable yet substantive, this volume challenges current understandings of the formation of the Christian canon, utilizing the latest research on the biblical prophets. Seitz reveals canonical connections woven into the fabric of the Prophetic Books and argues that the Law and the Prophets cohere and give shape to the subsequent Christian canon.^
"Seitz offers an alternative vision of the Old Testament: its structural logic, its internal relationships, its history of formation. The result is incisive, exhilarating, and quite constructively provocative. It will be read and discussed with much profit by theologians, biblical scholars, pastors, and seminarians."--Stephen B. Chapman, associate professor of Old Testament, Duke Divinity School"Seitz has made a major contribution to canonical studies. He argues that the common distinction between Scripture and canon is illusory because it fails to understand the fundamental theological force at work in the prophetic documents that relates them to each other and to the Torah. Seitz shows that the Law and the Prophets of Israel were indispensable to the New Testament not only for the purposes of background, context, and theology but also for the shaping of the New Testament canon itself."--Stephen G. Dempster, Stuart E. Murray Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Atlantic Baptist University(shorter version of Gignilliat)"The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets takes the discussion concerning Old Testament canon formation to another level. Seitz mounts an impressive array of arguments against standard conceptualities of Old Testament 'canon development' as he demonstrates that the early church never operated without a canon. With great scholarly care, insight, and breadth, Seitz argues that the material form of the Old Testament canon is a significant hermeneutical matter that demands special attention. This is a work that should shape the discussion within the discipline."--Mark S. Gignilliat, assistant professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University(longer version of Gignilliat)"Seitz brings together an impressive array of arguments against standard conceptualities as he demonstrates that the early church never operated without a canon. The Old Testament is an anterior, authoritative, and constraining witness concerning the Triune God with whom we have to do, and Jesus's person and work is in accordance with this preceding witness. With great scholarly care, insight, and breadth, Seitz insists that the material form of the Old Testament canon is a significant hermeneutical matter that demands special attention. Seitz's ability to see the discipline comprehensively, fairly summarize its various claims, and point the way forward in light of the material and formal nature of the Christian canon is magisterial. This is a work that should shape the discussion within the discipline."--Mark S. Gignilliat, assistant professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Christopher R. Seitz (Ph.D., Yale University) is professor of biblical interpretation at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He previously taught at the University of St. Andrews and Yale University. He is the author or editor of twelve books including Figured Out: Typology, Providence and Christian Scripture; Nicene Christianity The Future for a New Ecumenism; Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets, The: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation; Isaiah 1-39 (Interpretation Bible Commentaries) and most recently Colossians (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
- Introduction: Canon And The Goodly Fellowship Of The Prophets<br>1. Starting Points<br>2. The Challenge Of Order And Arrangement In Standard Old Testament Studies<br>3. The Achievement Of Association In The Prophetic Canon<br>4. The Accomplishment Of The Writings<br>conclusion: The Goodly Fellowship Of The Prophets<br>index