What Are We Reading? Canonicity and the Old Testament

Stephen B. Chapman

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2009

Issue: Canon (Vol. 29, No 4, Fall, 2009)

Contrary to the standard step-by-step model of the formation of the Old Testament canon, the process was more fluid, on ongoing recognition of the authority of certain books, based on their use. Hints at early canonical moves are evident already in the Old Testament texts themselves. All of this is important to Christian readers because, without the Old Testament, the church cannot properly know who Jesus is.

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