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The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation

The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets: The Achievement of Association in Canon Formation

Christopher R. Seitz

| Baker Academic | 2009

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Just below the surface of any Christian view of the Bible is the knotty issue of the biblical canon. How and when was it decided which books would make up the Bible? What makes a book canonical?

Respected Old Testament scholar Christopher Seitz has long been at the forefront of canon research. His particular interest has been the prophets—the interrelationships among the prophetic writings provide important evidence that any understanding of canon must incorporate. In this volume, Seitz delves more deeply into the prophetic corpus, showing how the Old Testament fits into the canon’s development. Drawing on the latest research on the biblical prophets, Seitz challenges current understandings of the formation of the Christian canon and reveals canonical connections woven into the fabric of the prophetic books. He argues that the Law and the prophets cohere and give shape to the subsequent Christian canon.

Author Bio

Christopher R. Seitz is an ordained Episcopal Priest and has served parishes in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Germany and Scotland. He is also the President of the Anglican Communion Institute and has been involved in recent work on behalf of Communion life. He is the editor of Studies in Theological Interpretation and is on the Advisory Board of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Consultation. He has supervised numerous PhD students and has published over a dozen books on the interpretation of Old and New Testaments, and in the area of theological hermeneutics. He will serve as Sunday evening preacher at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Riverdale area of Toronto.