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Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Churchís Canon
McDonald, Lee Martin

Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2012 pp. xiv + 178. $24.95


Description: Well-known for his scholarly works on the formation of the biblical canon, Lee McDonald has written a carefully researched and reasoned explanation on the history of the formation of the Bible expressly for the interested pastor and curious layman. Combining a lifelong commitment to the Scriptures, both as a pastor and as a scholar, McDonald approaches his task with sensitivity to the importance of these sacred texts as well as with the thoughtful practice of a person steeped in the process by which these texts were brought together to form the Bible as the church knows it now. From the collection (and translations) of the Hebrew Scriptures through the collection of the New Testament Scriptures, and finally the process of settling on the final forms for these collections, McDonald leads his reader right up to the present moment.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Canonical Criticism

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Review by James Leonard
Published 7/10/2013
Citation: James Leonard, review of Lee Martin McDonald, Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Churchís Canon, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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