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The formation and significance of the Christian biblical canon : a study in text, ritual and interpretation

Author: Tomas Bokedal
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014.
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This book offers a fresh cross-disciplinary approach to the current discussion on the Christian canon formation process. By carefully integrating historical, hermeneutical and theological aspects to account for the emergence of the canon, it seeks to offer a more comprehensive picture of the canon development than has previously been achieved. The formation and continuous usage of the Christian biblical canon is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bokedal, Tomas, 1966-
Formation and significance of the Christian biblical canon.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tomas Bokedal
ISBN: 056707546X 9780567075468 9781472550927 1472550927
OCLC Number: 865063195
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 421 pages .)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; From the Preface to the 2005 Dissertation; Introduction; 1 The Question of the Biblical Canon; 1.1 On 'canon'; 1.2 The Scriptures and the Lord: Formation and significance of the Christian biblical canon; 1.2.1 The central thesis of this study; 1.2.2 The Scriptures; 1.2.3 The Lord; 1.2.4 The Scriptures and the Lord; 1.2.5 Towards a semiotic definition of the biblical canon; 1.3 Purpose and method; 1.3.1 The potential of Gadamer's hermeneutics for canon research. 1.3.2 Scripture, theology and history: A Gadamerian hermeneutics of tradition1.3.3 A semiotic approach to canon formation; 1.4 The structure of the present investigation; Part One Linguistic and Tradition-Related Aspects of the Canon; 2 The Concept of Canon; 2.1 The ecclesial reality of the canon; 2.2 Viewing the canonical process as an integral whole; 2.3 A process of organic continuity; 2.4 Canon and the concept of the classic; 2.5 Canon: Term and concept; 2.5.1 General meaning of 'canon'; 2.5.2 Uses of the word 'canon' in the early church. 2.6 Dimensions of the concept of canon as applied to the biblical writings2.7 Canonizing scripture as an ecclesial process; 2.8 Conclusion; Part Two Material and Textual Aspects of the Canon; 3 The nomina sacra: Highlighting the Sacred Figures of the Text; 3.1 General usage of nomina sacra in the biblical manuscripts; 3.2 Frequency of nomina sacra in the earliest manuscripts; 3.3 Nomina sacra and canonization; 3.4 Origin and development of the nomina sacra; 3.4.1 On the origin of the nomina sacra: Three major models; 3.4.2 The Tetragrammaton and the nomina sacra. 3.4.3 The earliest creedal formulations and the nomina sacra3.4.4 Dating, location, manuscript types; 3.4.5 Ihsouv, the staurogram and the christogram; 3.4.6 'Cross' and 'crucify' as nomina sacra; 3.5 Provenance, possession and interpretation of the Scriptures; 3.6 Distinct textual markers; 3.6.1 Graphics; 3.6.2 Theological context: The nomina sacra and the Rule of Faith; 3.6.3 The wider devotional context; 3.7 Canonization in two directions: From new to old, from old to new; 3.8 The nomina sacra as a narrative and theological centre in the Scriptures; 3.9 Conclusion. 4 The Bible Codex: A Material Symbol of Christian Textuality4.1 The church's strong preference for the codex over the roll; 4.2 Has the codex form influenced the canon formation?; 4.2.1 A view on codex and canon; 4.2.2 Codex and canon: Themes and questions; 4.3 Further comments on recent research; 4.4 Codex, nomina sacra and the early church organization; 4.5 The codex: A notebook on Jesus logia?; 4.6 Canonization as the edition of a book; 4.7 Mini-closures of the canon; 4.8 Conclusion; 5 Oral and Written Text: Two Media of the Christian Canon; 5.1 Background.
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This book offers a fresh cross-disciplinary approach to the current discussion on the Christian canon formation process. By carefully integrating historical, hermeneutical and theological aspects to account for the emergence of the canon, it seeks to offer a more comprehensive picture of the canon development than has previously been achieved. The formation and continuous usage of the Christian biblical canon is here viewed as an act of literary preservation and actualization of the church's apostolic normative tradition - 'the Scriptures and the Lord' - addressing, first of all, the church, b.

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