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Holy Writings, Sacred Text: The Canon of Early Christianity [Paperback]

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Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  066425778X  
EAN  9780664257781  


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An internationally respected biblical scholar investigates the origins of the Christian canon. Barton explores the reasons behind the development of the New Testament and pursues the historical factors involved in combining these books with the Hebrew Scriptures.

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An internationally respected biblical scholar investigates the origins of the Christian canon. John Barton explores the reasons behind the development of the New Testament and pursues the historical factors involved in combining these books with the Hebrew Scriptures.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical texts, and is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation (1998) and (with John Muddiman) of The Oxford Bible Commentary (2001).

John Barton was born in 1948.

John Barton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Old Testament Library
  3. Old Testament Theology
  4. Oxford Bible Commentary
  5. scm classics


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Fine scholarship  Sep 7, 2007
Barton's short book asks how the books of the New Testament grew into the canon of scripture. He reviews the history of scholarship on the subject. In the early 1900's, Theodor Zahn "made an exhaustive examination of the New Testament citations in the Fathers, and concluded that there was already a Christian canon by the end of the first century" (p 3). Barton states that "an authorative corpus already existed even earlier than Zahn thought, but it was still not firmly defined" (p 21) as Sundberg claimed.

Barton also suggests that biblical scholars rarely take into full account the fact that the ancient world existed as an oral culture. What we see as proof tends to be textual. Eyewitness testimony was more crucial in their world.

At any rate, by the time of Tertullian and Justin "the authority of the gospel accounts is taken for granted as the absolute starting point for Christians" (p 73). -
 

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