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Exploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology)

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How did the Bible we have come to be? What do biblical scholars mean when they talk about canon, the Septuagint, the Apocrypha, or the Masoretic Text? All this biblical study is interesting, but does it really matter? Leading international scholars explain that it does. This thought-provoking and cutting-edge collection will help you go deeper in your understanding of the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Baker Academic
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Mark Sequeira
This is a great book exploring the creation and pulling together of the Bible as we know it as well as the importance of the Septuagint (Greek O.T.) to our understanding of inspiration. As widely disparaged as it sometimes is, it is surprising that Jesus and the inspired authors of the N.T. chose to quote from the Septuagint more than half the time when there is a difference with the Hebrew O.T. and upwards to 94% of the time if we include every reference whether in agreement with the Hebrew or ...more
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The first four chapters deal with issues related to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Very informative in regards to the process which brought the books of the Old Testament together into one collection. The first chapter was very slow and probably more for those who specialize in Old Testament studies, making it an odd choice to start the book.

I got the book for the second half, which deals with the New Testament, as I am teaching on these topics this fall. Each of these four chapters was well
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Fr. Ted
Apr 11, 2011 Fr. Ted rated it liked it
Some good information especially about the common use of the Septuagint by the New Testament authors. One author in the book claims 94% of the time the NT quotes the Greek OT, not the Hebrew or Aramaic.
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