Article

The Biblical Canon

Michael W. Holmes

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199271566
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199271566.003.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Biblical Canon

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Religion
  • Christianity
  • Religious Studies

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Christianity has, for much of its history, worked with a closed canon of scripture, ‘canon’ in the sense of a clearly defined and authoritative list of writings considered to be scripture. In such circumstances, every document that is viewed as ‘scripture’ is at the same time also considered to be ‘canonical’. After defining key terms, this article discusses Jewish Scriptures in early Christianity such as the canon of the Septuagint, and the formation of a Second Testament in early Christianity. A significant portion of the Christian scriptures was taken over from the Jewish milieu out of which the Christian movement emerged.

Keywords: Christianity; scripture; canon; Jewish Scriptures; Second Testament; Septuagint

Article.  9768 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.