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The Origin of the Bible
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I. Introduction; II. The Problem of Definition; III. The Origin of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; IV. The Sacred books of Early Judaism and Early Christianity; V. The Closure of the Old Testament Canon; VI. The Origin of the New Testament; VII. The Use of Christian Literature in Early Christianity; VIII. The Criteria for Inclusion; IX. Conclusion: Continuing Challenges; X. Appendix: For those who want to Dig Deeper! [A collection of ancient primary texts for understanding the canonical processes].

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Lee M. 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.

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Writing in a bracingly accessible style, McDonald clarifies how the Christian Bible of the Old and New Testaments came to be formed and finally fixed. Including numerous extracts from primary sources, McDonald achieves the near impossible in discussing texts ranging from the Hebrew Bible to patristic literature. Professor Lee McDonald is an expert in the field of the history of the biblical canon. His contribution to the Guides for the Perplexed series is a helpful summary of what can be gathered from the often scattered remarks in the ancient sources. One of the strengths of the book is that it quotes most of the relevant sources at length. The author rightly emphasizes that the ancient data are often open to various interpretations. His own reconstruction of the origin of the Bible is well argued, clear and readable; yet the author honestly warns the reader that there remain open questions, and there are areas in this history where other reconstructions may still be possible. Lee McDonald is widely perceived to be in the front ranks of specialists on the origin of the Bible and the evolution of the canon. In this book, in a lucid engaging fashion, McDonald guides those who are perplexed about such origins. Jews and Christians find the revelation of God's Will in the Bible and thereby establish a deeper self-identity. These, and all interested in Bible and canon, will find out from a luminary how the texts and words in the biblical canon were defined and deemed inspired. How did we get our Bible? This book gives you answers. It is superb for classes. I recommend it enthusiastically. Review of Biblical Literature Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} 'Professor Lee McDonald is an expert in the field of the history of the biblical canon. His contribution to the "Guides for the Perplexed" series is a helpful summary of what can be gathered from the often scattered remarks in the ancient sources. One of the strengths of the book is that it quotes most of the relevant sources at length. The author rightly emphasizes that the ancient data are often open to various interpretations. His own reconstruction of the origin of the Bible is well argued, clear and readable; yet the author honestly warns the reader that there remain open questions, and there are areas in this history where other reconstructions may still be possible.' - Peter Balla, Head of the New Testament Department at the Faculty of Theology, Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. --Sanford Lakoff Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: "Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: "";mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: #0400;mso-fareast-language: #0400;mso-bidi-language: #0400;}'ProfessorLee McDonald is an expert in the field of the history of the biblical canon.His contribution to the "Guides for thePerplexed" series is a helpful summary of what can be gathered from theoften scattered remarks in the ancient sources. One of the strengths of thebook is that it quotes most of the relevant sources at length. The authorrightly emphasizes that the ancient data are often open to various interpretations.His own reconstruction of the origin of the Bible is well argued, clear andreadable; yet the author honestly Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: "Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: "";mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: #0400;mso-fareast-language: #0400;mso-bidi-language: #0400;}'Inthis 'Guide for the Perplexed', Lee McDonald has unravelled the intricacies ofcanon research for the scholar, student and interested public. Writing in a bracingly accessible style, McDonald clarifies how the Christian Bible of the Old and New Testaments came tobe formed and finally fixed. Including numerous extracts from primary sources, McDonald achieves the near impossible in discussing texts ranging from theHebrew Bible to patristic literature.' - Timothy H. Lim, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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