Canon and Christology

W. D. Davies

in The Glory of Christ in the New Testament

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198263265
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682452 | DOI:
Canon and Christology

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This chapter presents an essay concerning parallels in the use of Scripture in Jewish and Christian circles and in other religious traditions. It examines a wide range of traditions and texts and suggests that it is erroneous to regard all sacred texts as necessarily and automatically canonical texts. Examples of these are the use of the Tanak and the Old and New Testament in Judaism and Christianity, respectively. A close parallel to the Jewish and Christian use of Scripture may be detected in Islam and Hinduism.

Keywords: Scripture; Judaism; Christianity; sacred texts; canonical texts; Tanak; Old Testament; New Testament; Islam; Hinduism

Chapter.  8541 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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