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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Core Biblical Studies
The book gives an historical-theological overview of the formation of the New Testament canon, a development extending from the 1st to the 4th centuries C.E. The goal is to prompt readers to reflect on the terms "canon" and "canonicity" as valued and valuable elements of the Christian heritage and as still in some ways very open-ended categories. Dukes approach is chronological, highlighting critical moments and decisions relating to "authoritative teachings" by various Christian communities and their leading representatives. Focus falls on the diversity of early Christianity communities and their traditions/literature and with it the importance of issues of "Christian identity" in the selection and exclusion of texts as canon.This book is part of the Core Biblical Studies series, designed as a starting point for New Testament study. The volumes that constitute this series function as gateways. They provide entry points into the topics, methods, and contexts that are central to New Testament studies. They open up these areas for inquiry and understanding. In addition they are guidebooks for the resulting journey.