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This volume examines two interconnected topics related to the canonization of authoritative scriptures. How did canonization take place, and what difference does it make to a text once it is canonized? Some of the papers probe the canonical process: Why were certain books, but not others, included in the canon? What criteria were used to select the books of the canon? Was canonization a divine fiat or human act? What was the nature of the authority of the laws and narratives of the Torah? How did prophecy come to be included in the canon? Others reflect on the consequences of canonization: What are the effects in elevating certain writings to the status of "Holy Scriptures"? What happens when a text is included in an official list? What theological and hermeneutical questions are at stake in the fact of the canon? Should the canon be unsealed or reopened to include other writings?
Release date NZ
April 14th, 2017
Edited by Timothy H. Lim
Illustrations, black and white
Brown Judaic Studies
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