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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 Torab in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

The Torab in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods

(p.54) 4 The Torab in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods
The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Timothy H. Lim

Yale University Press

This chapter asks: how did Jews come to regard some books but not others as authoritative? Was the rise of “the torah” supported by imperial edict? There is no ancient source that describes the process by which certain books became the holy scriptures of Judaism. A complete answer to the origins of the Jewish canon is elusive. However, it has been recognized that the period subsequent to the return from exile is critical for understanding the emergence of authoritative scriptures. It is possible, perhaps even likely, that the Persians had a hand in the promulgation of the Judean Torah.

Keywords:   Jews, the torah, holy scriptures, Jewish canon, authoritative scriptures, Judean Torah

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