Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Church's Canon

Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Church's Canon

by Lee Martin McDonald


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Well-known for his scholarly works on the formation of the biblical canon, Lee McDonald has written a carefully researched and reasoned explanation on the history of the formation of the Bible expressly for the interested pastor and curious layman.

Combining a lifelong commitment to the Scriptures, both as a pastor and as a scholar, McDonald approaches his task with sensitivity to the importance of these sacred texts as well as with the thoughtful practice of a person steeped in the process by which these texts were brought together to form the Bible as the church knows it now. From the collection (and translations) of the Hebrew Scriptures through the collection of the New Testament Scriptures, and finally the process of settling on the final forms for these collections, McDonald leads his reader right up to the present moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598568387
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 722,722
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament Studies Emeritus of Acadia Divinity School, Nova Scotia and Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves as Scholar in Residence for the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and the American Baptist Congregations of the Southwest and Hawaii.

Table of Contents

List of Tables viii

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 What is the Bible? An Overview 13

2 The Origin of the Old Testament Scriptures 35

3 The Closing of the Old Testament Scriptures 61

4 The First Scriptures of the Earliest Christians 77

5 How the New Testament Came to Be 87

6 What the Ancient Manuscripts Tell Us 109

7 Canons, Councils, and Catalogues 145

8 Epilogue 159

Glossary of Terms Related to the Formation of the Canon 167

Select Bibliography 175

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