Exploring The Origins Of The Bible Paperback

Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective

by Craig A. Evans; Emanuel Tov;

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For those who want to go deeper in their understanding of the canon of Scripture, leading international scholars provide cutting-edge perspectives on various facets of the biblical writings, how those writings became canonical Scripture, and why canon matters. Craig Evans begins by helping those new to the field understand the different versions of the Hebrew Bible (Masoretic Text, Septuagint, Targum, Vulgate, etc.) as well as the books of the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha. Later essays also help beginners by explaining "canon" and the development of canons in various Jewish and Christian communities, the much-debated tripartite canon of the Hebrew Scriptures, and questions of authority.

The book also includes insightful explorations and perspectives to challenge more advanced readers, including an essay on the complexities of biblical writing, a critical investigation of the usefulness of extracanonical Gospels for historical Jesus research, and an exploration of the relationship of Paul to the canonization process. The result is a thought-provoking book that concludes with discussion of an issue at the fore today--the theological implications of canon.

Emanuel Tov
James H. Charlesworth
Stephen G. Dempster
R. Glenn Wooden
Craig A. Evans
Stanley E. Porter
Lee Martin McDonald
Jonathan R. Wilson

"The eight essays in this volume form a very worthwhile set of considerations of the emerging canons of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. The complexity of the processes of canonization is refreshingly tackled on the basis of both internal and external evidence. Two essays cover some of the implications of the evidence of the Septuagint, two review especially the internal data of the Old Testament and Paul, two put in their places the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament Apocrypha, and two consider the theological bases of the authority that lies behind the text of Scripture. This two-by-two collection is a veritable ark full of expert analysis to enable any reader to navigate the flood of recent writing on canon. Some studies rescue old theories for a new generation; others provide polychromatic perspectives for a fresh start."--George J. Brooke, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester

Exploring The Origins Of The Bible by Craig A. Evans; Emanuel Tov was published by Baker in October 2008 and is our 35582nd best seller. The ISBN for Exploring The Origins Of The Bible is 9780801032424.

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Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherBaker (October 2008)
EditorCraig A. Evans; Emanuel Tov
Number of Pages272
Thickness18 mm
Height210 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code1239206
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