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The Formation of the Jewish Canon$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300164343

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300164343.001.0001

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Modern and Ancient Views of the Canon

Modern and Ancient Views of the Canon

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(p.1) 1 Modern and Ancient Views of the Canon
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The Formation of the Jewish Canon
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Timothy H. Lim

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300164343.003.0001

The notion of canon is contentious. This chapter looks at the canon and how it is championed by some and denounced by others. The very idea of a canon polarizes opinion in a way that few other concepts do. When did the canon of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament close? What process led to its formation? Did all ancient Jews hold a single canon, or did each group have its own canon? The chapter describes the history of the canon with the aim of shedding light on its origins and providing a historical perspective to discussions of canon.

Keywords:   canon, Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Jews, historical perspective

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