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Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of 'Canonical' and 'Non-Canonical' Religious Texts (James H Charlesworth) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2010) 9780567618702
Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of 'Canonical' and 'Non-Canonical' Religious Texts (James H Charlesworth) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2010) 9780567618702
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Title: Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of 'Canonical' and 'Non-Canonical' Religious Texts

Author: Charlesworth, James H

Additional Authors or Contributors: Lee Martin McDonald (eds)

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780567618702

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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Over the past four decades, many scholars have focused on the expanding collection of alleged 'extra-canonical' documents that were deemed inspired by God in numerous early Jewish and Christian groups. Eventually, these texts ceased to have an authoritative role in Judaism and Christianity and were branded extra-canonical. Now, these documents, once considered sacred, are recognized as fundamental in understanding antiquity, and the development of the canon. Many scholars are now according an authority to some of these texts

This volume draws attention to these ancient religious texts, especially the so-called non-canonical texts, by focusing on how they were used or functioned in early societies. The contributors also warn us about the assumed barriers between canon and extra-canon, texts and traditions, and they suggest that we should be careful with labels such as Jewish and Christian. The contributors also indicate, intermittently or implicitly, the importance of combining disciplines that had been isolated, especially the study of texts, the exploration of the canonical process, and the relevance of sociology in studying ancient groups.

Table of Contents

Preface: James H. Charlesworth and Lee Martin McDonald Abbreviations

Introduction: 'What's Up Now? Renewal of an Important Investigation' James A. Sanders

1. What Do We Mean by Canon? Some Modern and Ancient Questions

Lee Martin McDonald

Response: Loren Johns

2. People of the Book and the Book of the People

James H. Charlesworth

Response: Andrei Orlov

3. Citation Formulae as Indices to Canonicity in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature

Kenneth Penner

Response: Lee Martin McDonald

4. Rewriting the Sacred: Some Problems of Textual Authority in Light of the Rewritten Scriptures from Qumran

Casey Elledge

Response: Brent Strawn

5. Jude's Citation of 1 Enoch

Jeremy Hultin

Response: Leslie Walck

6. The Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament: The Case of the Acts of the Apostles

Craig A. Evans

Response: Brian D. Rhea

7. Apocrypha and Liturgy in the Fourth Century: The Case of the 'Six Books' Dormition Apocryphon

Stephen J. Shoemaker

Response: George Zervos

8. The Transfiguration Remembered, Reinterpreted, and Reenacted in Acts of Peter 20-21

Simon S. Lee

Response: Henry Rietz

Selected Bibliography: Canonical Criticism and the Use of Scriptures in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

Indexes

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