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Overview An internationally respected biblical scholar investigates the origins of the Christian canon. Barton explores the reasons behind the development of the New Testament and pursues the historical factors involved in combining these books with the Hebrew Scriptures.
An internationally respected biblical scholar investigates the origins of the Christian canon. John Barton explores the reasons behind the development of the New Testament and pursues the historical factors involved in combining these books with the Hebrew Scriptures.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1998
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 066425778X ISBN13 9780664257781
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More About John Barton
John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford. His previous publications include What is the Bible?, People of the Book?, Love Unknown, The Oxford Bible Commentary and The Biblical World.
John Barton was born in 1948.
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Fine scholarship Sep 7, 2007
Barton's short book asks how the books of the New Testament grew into the canon of scripture. He reviews the history of scholarship on the subject. In the early 1900's, Theodor Zahn "made an exhaustive examination of the New Testament citations in the Fathers, and concluded that there was already a Christian canon by the end of the first century" (p 3). Barton states that "an authorative corpus already existed even earlier than Zahn thought, but it was still not firmly defined" (p 21) as Sundberg claimed.
Barton also suggests that biblical scholars rarely take into full account the fact that the ancient world existed as an oral culture. What we see as proof tends to be textual. Eyewitness testimony was more crucial in their world.
At any rate, by the time of Tertullian and Justin "the authority of the gospel accounts is taken for granted as the absolute starting point for Christians" (p 73). -