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Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection
Nienhuis, David R. and Robert W. Wall

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xviii + 314. $30.00



Description: Through a detailed examination of the historical shaping and final canonical shape of seven oft-neglected New Testament letters—James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude—Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude as Scripture introduces readers to the historical, literary, and theological integrity of this indispensable apostolic witness. While most modern scholars interpret biblical texts against the diversity of their individual historical points of composition, Robert Wall and David Nienhuis make the case that a theological approach to the Bible as Scripture is better served by attending to issues that occasioned these texts' historical point of canonization—those key moments in the ancient church's life when apostolic writings were grouped together into collections designed to maximize the Spirit's communication of the apostolic rule of faith to believers everywhere. Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude as Scripture is the only treatment of the Catholic Epistles that approaches these seven letters as an intentionally designed and theologically coherent canonical collection.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by John Kloppenborg
Published 3/26/2015
Citation: John Kloppenborg, review of David R. Nienhuis and Robert W. Wall, Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude as Scripture: The Shaping and Shape of a Canonical Collection, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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