The Origin Of The Canon Of The Old Testament; An Historico-critical Enquiry

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byGerrit Wildeboer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... § 8. THE IDEA OF CANONICITY IN THE JEWISH SCHOOLS. Having examined the various historical evidences, it remains to sketch in outline the history of the canonization of the Old Testament books. We shall strive to form a conception of the course of events which shall accord with the results we have reached by the way of historical criticism; and shall especially endeavour to apprehend the inner significance of the historical process. To do this, it is necessary at the outset to know what significance the Jews attached to the setting of their Sacred Scriptures in a class by themselves. The Jewish notions on this point are not equivalent to our concept canonicalI. The discussions upon the question whether certain Scriptures should not be "withdrawn, hid away" show us that the real question was whether a given book was or not suitable for public reading at the religious exercises of the synagogue 2; and the same thing is perhaps implied in the expression, "Holy Scriptures defile the hands." 1 Wellhausen rightly observes Einleitung , p. 547, n. 1.) "Kanon ist ein kirchlicher Terminus, von den griechischen Vatern im vierten Jahrh. fur diejenigen Bilcher aufgebracht, welche in die Sammlung der heiligen Classiker iyxQlvovtai,." Now this ecclesiastical term has no equivalent in the Jewish schools, unless we retain the more formal definition of the word canon which Semler proposed Abhandlung vonfreier Untersuchling des Canon, I. 14, Th. II, Vorrede). He held that xavwv meant only a list of books which might be read in the church. Since K. A. Credner, however Zur Geschichte des Kanons, 1847), the material sense has been made more prominent; and it has been thought that the meaning 'rule, plumbline, standard,' which the word has in classical Greek would naturall...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... § 8. THE IDEA OF CANONICITY IN THE JEWISH SCHOOLS. Having examined the various historical evidences, it remains to sketch in o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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