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The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Timothy H. Lim


The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls provides unprecedented insight into the nature of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament before its fixation. This book presents a complete account of the formation of the canon in Ancient Judaism from the emergence of the Torah in the Persian period to the final acceptance of the list of twenty-two/twenty-four books in the Rabbinic period. Using the Hebrew Bible, the Scrolls, the Apocrypha, the Letter of Aristeas, the writings of Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and Rabbinic literature as primary evidence the book argues that throughout the post-exilic peri ... More

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Ancient Judaism, Torah, Apocrypha, Letter of Aristeas, Rabbinic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300164343
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300164343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy H. Lim, author