The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church

and its Background in Early Judaism

By Roger T. Beckwith

The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church

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  • ISBN: 9781606082492
  • Pages: 541
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $68.00
Web Price: $54.40
Web Price: $54.40

The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church

and its Background in Early Judaism

By Roger T. Beckwith

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  • ISBN: 9781606082492
  • Pages: 541
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $68.00
Web Price: $54.40

About-

This new study of the Old Testament canon by Roger Beckwith is on a scale to match H. E. Ryle's classic work, which was first published in 1892. But Beckwith has the advantage of writing after the Qumran (and other) discoveries; and he has also made full use of all the available sources, including biblical manuscripts and rabbinical and patristic literature, taking into account the seldom studied Syriac material as well as the Greek and Latin material.
The result of many years of study, this book is a major work of scholarship on a subject which has been neglected in recent times. It is both historical and theological, but Beckwith's first consideration has been to make a thorough and unprejudiced historical investigation. One of his most important concerns - and one that is crucial for all students of Judaism, and Christians in particular - is to decide when the limits of the Jewish canon were settled. In the answer to this question lies an important key to the teaching of Jesus and his apostles, and the resultant beliefs of the New Testament church. Furthermore, any answers to questions about the state of the canon in the New Testament period would help to open a way through the present ecumenical (and interfaith) impasse on the subject.
With its meticulous research and evenhanded approach, this book is sure to become the starting point for study of the Old Testament canon in the years to come.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"It is a pleasure to commend a work of high scholarship on an important subject which cries out for fresh and up-to-date treatment."
-- F. F. Bruce
author of The Canon of Scripture

"This book is a fine example of massive scholarship gracefully employed. The wealth of Roger Beckwith's detailed learning is matched by the clarity and cogency of the case he argues. A work of great importance to both historical study and ecumenical endeavor, it will remain the standard treatment of the Old Testament canon for a very long time to come."
-- N. T. Wright
Bishop of Durham

"Lucid and erudite, this important book--the most comprehensive study of the Old Testament canon in print--will become the point of departure for all future discussion of the scholarly issues it treats."
-- Sid Z. Leiman
Professor of Jewish History and Literature
Brooklyn College of The City University of New York

Contributors-

Roger T. Beckwith

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Roger Beckwith is former Warden of Latimer House, Oxford.

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