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When Texts Are Canonized
Lim, Timothy H., editor

Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2017 pp. xx + 168. $29.95

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Brown Judaic Studies, 359

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Description: How did canonization take place, and what difference does it make? Essays in this collection probe the canonical process: Why were certain books, but not others, included in the canon? What criteria were used to select the books of the canon? Was canonization a divine fiat or human act? What was the nature of the authority of the laws and narratives of the Torah? How did prophecy come to be included in the canon? Others reflect on the consequences of canonization: What are the effects in elevating certain writings to the status of 'Holy Scriptures'? What happens when a text is included in an official list? What theological and hermeneutical questions are at stake in the fact of the canon? Should the canon be unsealed or reopened to include other writings?

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Canonical Criticism, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Pieter B. Hartog
Published 10/25/2018
Citation: Pieter B. Hartog, review of Timothy H. Lim, ed., When Texts Are Canonized, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

Review by Lee Martin McDonald
Published 5/17/2018
Citation: Lee Martin McDonald, review of Timothy H. Lim, ed., When Texts Are Canonized, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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