The Canon Debate

by Lee Martin McDonald (Editor)James A. Sanders (Editor)
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"This collection of essays is without doubt the most comprehensive treatment ever published of canon formation in Judaism and Christianity. The most strikingly innovative aspect of the volume is the inclusion of both Testaments. Each is illuminated by juxtaposition with the other. The treatment of each Testament is exceptionally thorough. The subject is approached not only through study of the material that was included but also through that which was excluded--the Jewish and Christian Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. This exemplary historical overview should be a prerequisite for all future discussion of the canon in biblical theology."
--John J. Collins, Yale University

"This volume comprises chapters written by more than thirty scholars who discuss a wide variety of historical and methodological topics bearing on the development of the canon of both Testaments. Encyclopedic in scope, the book will long remain indispensable in assessing the evidence as well as many hypotheses past and present on the origin and formation of the Bible."
--Bruce M. Metzger, Princeton Theological Seminary

William Adler
Peter Balla
John Barton
Joseph Blenkinsopp
François Bovon
Kent D. Clarke
Philip R. Davies
James D. G. Dunn
Eldon Jay Epp
Craig A. Evans
William R. Farmer
Everett Ferguson
Robert W. Funk
Harry Y. Gamble
Geoffrey M. Hahneman
Daniel J. Harrington
Everett R. Kalin
Robert A. Kraft
Jack P. Lewis
Jack N. Lightstone
Steve Mason
Lee Martin McDonald
Pheme Perkins
James A. Sanders
Daryl D. Schmidt
Albert C. Sundberg Jr.
Emanuel Tov
Julio Trebolle Barrera
Eugene Ulrich
James C. VanderKam
Robert W. Wall


Lee Martin McDonald, Editor

Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders), and The World of the New Testament (with Joel Green). He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

James A. Sanders, Editor

James A. Sanders is professor emeritus at Claremont School of Theology.