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.
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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
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