The Formation and Significance of the Christian Biblical Canon Paperback

A Study in Text, Ritual and Interpretation

by Tomas Bokedal;


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The Formation and Significance of the Christian Biblical Canon

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This book offers a fresh cross-disciplinary approach to the current discussion on the Christian canon formation process. By carefully integrating historical, hermeneutical and theological aspects to account for the emergence of the canon, it seeks to offer a more comprehensive picture of the canon development than has previously been achieved. The formation and continuous usage of the Christian biblical canon is here viewed as an act of literary preservation and actualization of the church's apostolic normative tradition - 'the Scriptures and the Lord' - addressing, first of all, the church, but also the wider society. In order to grasp the complex phenomenon of the biblical canon, the study is divided into four parts, focusing respectively on linguistic and effective-historical, textual and material, performative, and ideational aspects of the canon. Attention is given to the scribal nomina sacra convention, the codex format, oral and written Gospel, early Christian liturgical praxis and the Rule of Faith. Bokedal argues that the canon was formed in a process, with its own particular intention, history, and direction.
Throughout the study, history and theology, past and present are considered alongside each other. By using a Gadamerian hermeneutics of tradition, the reader's attention is directed to historical dimensions of the canon and its interpretative possibilities for our time. The notion of effective history (Wirkungsgeschichte), as well as the interaction between text, community and reader are crucial to the argument. The canonical text as text, its interpretation and ritual contextualization are highlighted as unifying elements for the communities being addressed.

The Formation and Significance of the Christian Biblical Canon by Tomas Bokedal was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in May 2015. The ISBN for The Formation and Significance of the Christian Biblical Canon is 9780567663719.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 2015)
Weight616g
Number of Pages440
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567663719
ISBN-10056766371X
Product Code4313096
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