SUGGESTION: A bundle of books on canonicity

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Apr 9 2010 12:55 AM

I've tried to come up with a list that takes into account the three major branches of the Church - Western, Byzantine and Church of the East. I've also tried to take into account the degree to which canon was a moving target in the West. I also recognized that English had to be the language of the majority of the books. I have not included some personal favorites. I have concentrated on the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures which is where the majority of differences occur.

  • Die Einheit Der Schrift Und Die Vielfalt Des Kanons / The Unity of Scripture and the Diversity of the Canon by John Barton (Editor), Michael Wolter (Editor)
  • A Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scripture: Or the Certain and Indubitate Books Thereof, as They Are Received in the Church of England (1672) by John Cosin (Editor)
  • One Scripture or Many?: Canon from Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives by Christine Helmer (Editor), Christof Landmesser (Editor)
  • The Authority of the Bible: Theories of Inspiration, Revelation, and the Canon of Scripture by Robert Karl Gnuse
  • History of the Canon of the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Church by Eduard Reuss
  • The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon by Martin Hengel, Mark E Biddle (Translator), Robert Hanhart (Introduction by)
  • On the Canon of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, and on the Apocrypha: Eleven Discourses (1848) by Christopher Wordsworth
  • Le Livre Des Canons Armeniens (kanonagirk' Hayoc') De Yovhannes Awinec'i. Eglise, Droit Et Societe En Armenie Du... (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium) ... Christianorum Orientalium 606, Subsidia 116) by A Mardirossian
  • Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology) by Emanuel Tov (Editor), Craig Evans (Editor)
  • The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith A. Mathison
  • The Bible, the Church, and Authority: The Canon of the Christian Bible in History and Theology (Michael Glazier Books) by Joseph T. Lienhard
  • The Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century (Jewish Culture and Contexts) by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Jackie Feldman
  • The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Bruce M. Metzger
  • a number of Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and Presbyterian church documents
  • a number of early documents listing canons

Please add additional resources to round it out theologically and historically.

 

 

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Darren Paul Wright | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 9 2010 1:03 AM

Thank you Martha. After a presentation on canonicity at BibleTech last month, I have a personal interest in looking into this subject in depth.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 9 2010 1:54 AM

Darren Paul Wright:

Thank you Martha. After a presentation on canonicity at BibleTech last month, I have a personal interest in looking into this subject in depth.

You're welcome. It is a fascinating topic that only becomes more interesting as you delve into the nooks and crannies outside the West.

 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 9 2010 5:04 PM

Great list. Some of those are already in Logos format. Some others which I already have which should be included in such a bundle are:

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James W Bennett | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 10 2010 5:30 AM

Yes

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 10 2010 7:13 AM

Please add Robert Laird Harris' Inspiration and Canonicity of the Bible: A Historical and Exegetical Study. Also Philip Comforts The Origin of the Bible

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 10 2010 10:54 AM

Even though they are written in German, I would like to suggest two books published by Neukirchener Verlag :

- I.Baldermann et al., Zum Problem des biblischen Kanons [Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie 3] Neukirchen-Vluyn 1988 (contains articles written by J.Maier, M.Saebø , G.Stemberger and others).

- J.Frey & M.Becker (ed.), Qumran und der biblische Kanon [Biblisch-Theologische Studien 92] Neukirchen-Vluyn 2009.

And one other title (because of its classic reformed point of view and because it's not in German Smile ):

William Cunningham's essay on canonicity in his Theological Lectures (1878).

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Marcus Baird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 10 2010 6:00 PM

Now this is starting to look good. I think L4 will be able to translate the German resources for us english users.

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Aaron Krueger, LMHC, MDiv | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 26 2010 9:38 AM

i like the bundle idea

 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 26 2010 3:14 PM

Here is what I am e-mailing to the official Logos suggestions box:

This is a proposed collection on canon with input from several individuals. I believe it is representative of the material we would like available if copyright holders permit. If you check the forum thread that produced this list (http://community.logos.com/forums/p/15220/122632.aspx#122632) you will see that a broad spectrum of users are represented (broad not sizable).

    * Die Einheit Der Schrift Und Die Vielfalt Des Kanons / The Unity of Scripture and the Diversity of the Canon by John Barton (Editor), Michael Wolter (Editor)
    * A Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scripture: Or the Certain and Indubitate Books Thereof, as They Are Received in the Church of England (1672) by John Cosin (Editor)
    * One Scripture or Many?: Canon from Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives by Christine Helmer (Editor), Christof Landmesser (Editor)
    * The Authority of the Bible: Theories of Inspiration, Revelation, and the Canon of Scripture by Robert Karl Gnuse
    * History of the Canon of the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Church by Eduard Reuss
    * The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon by Martin Hengel, Mark E Biddle (Translator), Robert Hanhart (Introduction by)
    * On the Canon of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, and on the Apocrypha: Eleven Discourses (1848) by Christopher Wordsworth
    * Le Livre Des Canons Armeniens (kanonagirk' Hayoc') De Yovhannes Awinec'i. Eglise, Droit Et Societe En Armenie Du... (Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium) ... Christianorum Orientalium 606, Subsidia 116) by A Mardirossian
    * Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology) by Emanuel Tov (Editor), Craig Evans (Editor)
    * The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith A. Mathison
    * The Bible, the Church, and Authority: The Canon of the Christian Bible in History and Theology (Michael Glazier Books) by Joseph T. Lienhard
    * The Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century (Jewish Culture and Contexts) by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Jackie Feldman
    * The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Bruce M. Metzger
    * a number of Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and Presbyterian church documents
    * a number of early documents listing canons
    * The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce
    * The Making of the New Testament: Origin, Collection, Text & Canon by Arthur G. Patzia
    * The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church and its Background in Early Judaism by Roger Beckwith
    * Robert Laird Harris' Inspiration and Canonicity of the Bible: A Historical and Exegetical Study.
    * Philip Comforts The Origin of the Bible
    *  I.Baldermann et al., Zum Problem des biblischen Kanons [Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie 3] Neukirchen-Vluyn 1988
    * J.Frey & M.Becker (ed.), Qumran und der biblische Kanon [Biblisch-Theologische Studien 92] Neukirchen-Vluyn 2009
    * William Cunningham's essay on canonicity in his Theological Lectures  (1878)
    * The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority by Lee Martin McDonald

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If anyone reading this list feels that significant traditions, theological stances, or historically important works are omitted from this list, I will consider adding an appropriate amendment to the list.

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Simon | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 12:36 AM

I think these two are the standards:

    * The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority by Lee Martin McDonald

    * The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church and its Background in Early Judaism by Roger Beckwith

As suggestions to add to the list of MJ Smith:

* McDonald, The Canon Debate

* Becker, Kanon in Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion: Kanonisierungsprozesse religiöser Texte von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart - Ein Handbuch (Contains articles both in German and English)

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 12:46 AM

Simon:

I think these two are the standards:

    * The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority by Lee Martin McDonald

    * The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church and its Background in Early Judaism by Roger Beckwith

As suggestions to add to the list of MJ Smith:

* McDonald, The Canon Debate

* Becker, Kanon in Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion: Kanonisierungsprozesse religiöser Texte von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart - Ein Handbuch (Contains articles both in German and English)

https://www.logos.com/product/3188/the-old-testament-canon-of-the-new-testament-church

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 3:38 AM

Although I already have some of the works, I think a bundle is a great idea. [Might be an easier sell to have only English language titles.]

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