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Introduction

Geoffrey Mark Hahneman

in The Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263418.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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In 1964, Albert C. Sundberg, Jr., published a distinguished work on the Old Testament in the early Church. This well-received study refuted the hypothesis of an Alexandrian Jewish canon and radically changed the traditional understanding of the formation of the Christian Old Testament. It was not until 1973 that Sundberg published in full his argument for the redating of the Muratorian Fragment. He questioned the traditional late second-century dating and Westem provenance generally assigned to the Fragment since its publication in 1740. Instead he suggested an early fourth-century date and an Eastern (Syrian/ Palestinian) provenance. The idea of a later date for the Fragment in Sundberg's hypothesis deserves serious study and consideration because the date of the Muratorian Fragment is so crucial to the common understanding of the history of the New Testament.

Keywords: Albert Sundberg Jr; Old Testament; New Testament; Muratorian Fragment; fourth century

Chapter.  1510 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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