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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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The Earliest Canonical Lists and Notices

The Earliest Canonical Lists and Notices

(p.35) 3 The Earliest Canonical Lists and Notices
The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Timothy H. Lim

Yale University Press

Most agree that the earliest list of the canon in rabbinic literature is to be found in the Babylonian Talmud. However, the nature of the list and its dating is not as clear cut as it is often assumed. In fact it is one of several early Jewish lists of biblical books. This chapter looks at the earliest canonical lists and notices. It shows that by the end of the first century ce, there was a Jewish canon, even if it was not finally defined and the inclusion of a few books was still open to dispute.

Keywords:   canonical lists, Babylonian Talmud, Jewish lists, biblical books, canonical notices

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