By Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant
This article presents a complete and definitive creation to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be learn with chosen passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An advent to the Bible bargains crucial details to scholars with very little event within the educational examine of faith. it is going to support scholars achieve a pretty good historical past for destiny paintings in religious study. The revised version contains information about new instructions in religious study, a revised bibliography, and a subject matter index - in addition to maps, charts and images. "This quantity is pedagogically self-aware. right here communicate lecturers who dwell on the subject of the educating setting. The narrative account of loads of fabric is sufferer, responsive to element, prepared to pause to supply small tutorial clues, for all time protecting the large photograph in concentration. This moment version of the publication attests either to the power of its authors and to the optimistic reception the booklet has already loved. Given the big cultural main issue upon us, such guide in a context that reaches past 'the choir' is welcome and vastly very important. transparent, good geared up, brand new, and reflective of trustworthy scholarly consensus. most crucial, i believe, is the possibility that its student-users will subscribe to extra scripture study....[The ebook] can assist scholars generate not just a starting with the Bible, yet a long term interest." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. "As so much teachers of introductory survey classes in bible study will attest, discovering an appropriate textbook could be very a problem. The revised version of An advent to the Bible marks a robust contribution to the sector. it's a well-structured, basically written textbook. The authors comprise some of the most recent discussions concerning the formation and next understandings of either the Hebrew Bible and the recent testomony. scholars utilizing this booklet may be uncovered to the wealthy content material of historic close to jap experiences. they'll additionally locate themselves challenged to learn those classical texts utilizing the most contemporary hermeneutic arguments in circulation....An creation to the Bible offers an outstanding access element for a serious method of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity."---C. Shaun Longstreet, Texas A&M college, excerpted from the evaluate of Biblical Literature, August 2003.
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E. E. , the same list received the approval of the church in North Africa. These councils did not represent the formal authority of the whole church, however. Like the Jewish canon, the Christian canon was determined not by the formal action of a governing body but through gradual use and recognition by the religious community. Eventually, Christianity concurred in the limiting of the New Testament canon to these same twenty-seven writings. Several criteria influenced the early church in its acceptance or rejection of individual writings as authoritative.
By the time the Law was recognized, the four books that came to be known as the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) and much of the literature that came to be known as the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, and Malachi) were enjoying increasing recognition, although they were not yet universally regarded as authoritative Scripture. The growing interest in these books was probably heightened by some common concerns they shared with the Torah, such as obedience to the covenant.
Some works, however, had a more difficult time before they were regarded as canonical. The book of Revelation, for example, was used and accepted widely in churches in the western part of the Roman Empire but was rejected by churches in the East. The book of Hebrews, on the other hand, had the opposite experience—it was accepted in the East and rejected in the West. Furthermore, some of the Christian writings that were later denied canonical status were read and accepted as Scripture in the first few centuries by some Christian groups.
An Introduction to the Bible - Revised Edition by Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant