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Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament
Most college and seminary courses on the New Testament include discussions of the process that gave shape to the New Testament. Now David Dungan re-examines the primary source for this history, the Ecclesiastical History of the fourth-century Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, in the light of Hellenistic political thought. He reaches startling new conclusions: that we usually us ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Fortress Press
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Cross-posted at http://nicodemist.wordpress.com/2010/...
Constantine’s Bible is at the same time a history of the development of scripture and of the canon. Of course, these two histories are normally seen to be identical; in other words, canon and scripture are synonyms. Early on Dungan explains something of his rationale for this separation of commonly entwined concepts:
"We lose sight of something truly important if we use the term canon as a synonym for any and every conglomeration of scriptu ...more
My reaction to the title was, "What the hell? There wasn't a 'Constantine Bible', was there?" I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. So I first Googled the author to make sure he wasn't some flake. As it turns out, his academic creds are impeccable, and this book wasn't at all what I thought it would be. Despite being short, it makes a grand sweep of the history of sacred narrative, beginning with oral tradition and ending with the various canons we know and love (when we are not busy hating ...more