Lee Martin McDonald provides a magisterial overview of the development of the biblical canon—the emergence of the list of individual texts that constitutes the Christian bible. In these two volumes—in sum more than double the length of his previous works on this subject—McDonald presents his most in-depth overview to date. McDonald shows students and researchers how the list of texts that constitute ‘the bible’ was once far more fluid than it is today and guides readers through the minefield of different texts, different versions, and the different lists of texts considered ‘canonical’ that abounded in antiquity. Questions of the origin and transmission of texts are introduced as well as consideration of innovations in the presentation of texts, collections of documents, archaeological finds and Church councils.
Lee McDonald’s work on the canon is the culmination of a lifetime’s work. It is simply the most comprehensive and thorough treatment of the subject available. It should be a basic reference work.
—John J. Collins, Yale University
The question of canon is both interesting and crucial. What was the process that led to the recognition of the sacred collection of Scripture as we now know it? Lee McDonald has devoted much of his distinguished career to the question of the canon of the Old and the New testaments. In The Formation of the Biblical Canon McDonald shares his considerable knowledge as he presents the evidence that we have from antiquity and then carefully assesses its significance. It goes without saying that his work is must-reading for anyone who is interested in the question of canon.
—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College
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Lee Martin McDonald is president emeritus and professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada. He is also president of the Institute for Biblical Research.