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Beyond Canon: Early Christianity and the Ethiopic Textual Tradition (Library of New Testament Studies | LNTS)

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This book highlights the significance of a group of five texts excluded from the standard Christian Bible and preserved only in Ge’ez, the classical language of Ethiopia. These texts are crucial for modern scholars due to their significance for a wide range of early readers, as extant fragments of other early translations confirm in most cases. Yet they are also noted for their eventual marginalization and abandonment, as a more restrictive understanding of the biblical canon prevailed – everywhere except in Ethiopia, with its distinctive Christian tradition in which the concept of a “closed canon” is alien.

In focusing upon 1 Enoch, Jubilees, the Ascension of Isaiah, the Epistula Apostolorum, and the Apocalypse of Peter, the contributors to this volume group them together as representatives of a time in early Christian history when sacred texts were not limited by a sharply defined canonical boundary. In doing so, this book also highlights the unique and under-appreciated contribution of the Ethiopic Christian Tradition to the study of early Christianity.

  • Explores five main texts that were popular readings among early Christians bu survive only in Ge'ez, the classical language of Ethiopia
  • Illustrates the importance of the Ge‘ez language for the study of the literature valued by early Christian readers
  • Seeks to demonstrate how understanding of the New Testament texts is enhanced when they are put into dialogue with their closest literary neighbours
  • The End-Time in 1 Enoch, Paul, and Matthew: Continuity and Discontinuity - Philip Esler
  • Debating Daniel’s Dream: The Synoptic Gospels and the Similitudes of Enoch on the Son of Man - Logan Williams
  • Comparing Apples and Oranges? Eschatological Perspectives from 1 Enoch and 1 Peter - Sofanit T. Abebe
  • Has Christian Tradition Influenced the Ge'ez and Greek Versions of 1 Enoch? - Loren T. Stuckenbruck
  • Non-Human Animals in the Primeval History of Jubilees - James Hamrick
  • The Trial against Isaiah: About Alleged Jewish Backgrounds of the Ascension of Isaiah - Jan Dochhorn
  • The Vorlage of the Ethiopic Version of the Epistula Apostolorum: Greek or Arabic? - Darrell Hannah
  • The Apocalypse of Peter in Ethiopic Tradition - Eric Beck
  • Gospel Traditions in Transition: A Look at the Ethiopic Tamare Iyesus - Meron T. Gebreananaye
  • ‘The House of the Gospel’: Text, Image, and Sacred Space - Francis Watson
  • Afterword - Michael Knibb
  • Title: Beyond Canon: Early Christianity and the Ethiopic Textual Tradition
  • Author: Francis Watson
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2020
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-02-10T20:48:10Z

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Francis Watson is a Christian scholar and professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Durham. He formerly taught at the University of Aberdeen where he was the Kirby Laing Chair in New Testament. Watson is a respected scholar in the areas of biblical interpretation and the theological interpretation of Scripture. He has an MA and DPhil from Oxford.


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