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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of essays on canon, February 8, 2009
This review is from: Canon And Biblical Interpretation (Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, V. 7) (Hardcover)
This book is aimed at scholars; most lay readers would find it too difficult.

However, that said, it certainly is interesting to anyone with a background in biblical scholarship.

Frustratingly, when it comes to the canon, "The central problem in studying the development historically is that nowhere in the Jewish and Christian sources is there direct information provided which discusses the process of canonization of either the Jewish or Christian Bible" (p 36) as discussed by Childs. Yet much of the last two hundred years of biblical scholarship centers on problems regarding the canon. To some groups, this has proved troubling. "Traditional evangelical scholars like Carl Henry have been correct in viewing a canonical approach to Scripture as a threat to their account of inspiration" (p 199).

Lemcio looks for the gospels within the canon, such as the theme of the kingdom of God, following Jesus, the 'son of man" title, and the importance of Jesus' death. C Stephen Evans has a very interesting essay on Adler, a Lutheran pastor, who claimed Jesus had given him revelations. Were these new, 19th century revelations ever considered for the canon? Hardly. Adler was quietly removed from his post as pastor. Clearly, claiming inspiration by the Holy Spirit was not enough.

Scott Hahn has an essay on the "rediscovery of Scripture's liturgical sense. This achievement is rightly associated with the pioneering work of Oscar Cullmann and Jean Danielou, who demonstrated that the biblical acts of God were intended to be carried out in the church's sacramental liturgy." (p 207). Hahn stresses that in the New Testament "Jesus and his church are presented as the fulfillment of the promises and institutions of the old covenant" (p 220).

There are also essays on the Old Testament. Explored are psalms and wisdom, and there is also a fascinating essay by Demspter on on the prophets and the canon, where he argues that, "while scholars of the left and right can debate the merits of Child's approach, he has worked tirelessly 'in the trenches' to restore the prophetic word to a central place" p 325).
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