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Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures

New Developments in Canon Controversy

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Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date:
8/25/2020
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9780664265977
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274
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6x9
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Paper

Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures examines the writings included in and excluded from the Jewish and Christian canons of Scripture and explores the social settings in which some of this literature was viewed as authoritative and some was viewed either as uninspired or as heretical. John J. Collins, Craig A. Evans, and Lee Martin McDonald examine how those noncanonical writings demonstrate the historical, literary, and religious aspects of the culture that gave rise to the writings. They also show how literature excluded from the Jewish and Christian canons of Scripture remains valuable today for understanding the questions and conflicts that early Jewish and Christian faith communities faced. Through this discussion, contemporary readers acquire a broader understanding of biblical Scripture and of Jewish and Christian faith inspired by Scripture.

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. His books include Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age; Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Pseudepigraphy: On Jewish Apocalyptic LiteratureThe Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul; and, most recently, What Are Biblical Values? What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues. Collins serves as general editor of the Anchor Yale Bible and Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. He is on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of Judaism and Dead Sea Discoveries. Previously, he has served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association.


Craig A. Evans is an esteemed, internationally recognized biblical scholar, author, and a regular guest on TV documentaries. He is John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Theological Seminary. He was formally Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College. Before coming to Acadia, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books and hundreds of articles and reviews. Evans has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, and Yale. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Bible.


Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College and past President of the Institute for Biblical Research. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and more than 160 articles and essays and writes extensively on canon formation, including The Canon Debate; The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority; Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Church’s CanonThe Origin of the Bible: A Guide for the Perplexed; and The Story of Jesus in History and Faith: A Introduction. He also coedited with James Charlesworth Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of “Canonical” and “Non-Canonical” Religious Texts and coedited with Joel B. Green The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. He has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. 


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“This book succeeds eminently in presenting in a very lucid way what is known and unknown, accepted and debated regarding the Jewish and Christian collections of scriptures. Questions of canonicity are discussed from all angles by three outstanding experts.”—Emanuel Tov, J. L. Magnes Professor Emeritus of Bible, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
“It is hard to imagine assembling a finer ‘dream team’ to guide a reader through the process of canon formation and the broader use of (what would become) extracanonical literature in early Jewish and Christian circles than Collins, Evans, and McDonald. Their collaboration has produced a well-planned and coherent book that consistently pushes us beyond our obsession with the boundaries of canon and draws us into the contributions this larger body of literature—the deuterocanonicals, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, and early Christian ‘Apocrypha’—have made to the shaping of both Judaism and Christianity through the centuries.” —David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Ashland Theological Seminary, and author of Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message, and Significance
“As compelling as The Three Tenors, John J. Collins, Craig A. Evans, and Lee Martin McDonald combine their respective areas of expertise to update anyone interested in the latest thinking about scriptural canons. This brave new operatic volume enchants with its complex repertoire of chapters addressing the diversity of ancient understandings about inspiration, acceptance, and reception. Anyone interested in the emergence of sacred scripture must read this book.” —Clare K. Rothschild, Professor of Scripture Studies, Lewis University, and Professor Extraordinary, Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University, and author of Luke-Acts and the Rhetoric of History
“Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures is a treasure trove of fascinating information and insight about a body of literature that in recent decades has attracted an enormous amount of scholarly and popular attention. This book is an extremely helpful and learned guide to the writings that constitute the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, materials not included in the ancient rabbinic scriptural canon or the Christians’ First Testament. Do these writings contribute to our understanding of biblical Jewish and Christian heroes and beliefs, concerning whom canonical texts have traditionally supplied the entirety of our source material, or should we reject the most extravagant claims made on behalf of the antiquity and reliability of this material? Ancient Jewish and Christian Scriptures establishes clearly that we should approach these materials with more nuanced questions in mind.” —Richard Kalmin, Theodore R. Racoosin Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and author of Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine
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