Forgotten Scriptures

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-20
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr

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We know that the early Christian church had a variety of Scriptures and other source material that informed their faith and shaped their thinking. We also know that after a few centuries the church decided to keep the twenty-seven books of our present New Testament and to treat them as canonical in faith and practice. But the other books did not simply disappear. In fact, many of them remain valuable for understanding the diversity of the early Christian church and the astounding claims of faith on which the church was founded. Learning about these ancient documents need not threaten the church'¿¿s current orthodoxy and authority; in fact, learning about these texts can help today'¿¿s Christians form a deeper understanding of the early church.

Author Biography

Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Challenges and Directionp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Problem of Adequate Languagep. 11
The First Testament Scripturesp. 35
The Lost Scriptures of Early Judaismp. 37
The Ancient Manuscripts: What They Tell Usp. 65
Ancient Translations of the Jewish Scripturesp. 85
The Text and Stabilization of the Jewish Scripturesp. 99
The Scriptures of Jesus and the Early Churchp. 123
The Second Testament Scripturesp. 151
Ancient Christian Manuscripts and Their Contentsp. 153
Texts and Translations of Scripturep. 173
Conclusionp. 193
Postscript: The Search for a Perfect Biblep. 201
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 267
Ancient Sources Indexp. 289
Author/Name Indexp. 302
Subject Indexp. 306
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