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La formation des canons scripturaires.

This collection of thirteen essays concerns the finalization of canons in various |religions of the book'. The coverage of religions and textual corpora is wide, for it includes the Platonic corpus (M.-D. Richard), Buddhism and Jainism (N. Balbir), the Qur'an (G. Monnot), and the Zohar (C. Mopsik). Closer to the main Judaeo-Christian tradition are the articles of F. Laplanche on Grotius' contribution to the debate about the Old Testament canon and B. Barc's proposal that Simeon the Just was the real |redactor' of the Torah. Some other articles on biblical subjects are very specialized: so M. Albert on the grouping of books in the Nestorian canon of the Old Testament, R. Beylot on the Ethiopian books of Maccabees, and C. Renoux on the titles and prologues in the Armenian catena to the Catholic Epistles. Titles are the theme of the remaining four articles: A. Le Boulluec on the use of apparently |New Testament' titles by Clement of Alexandria, A. Desreumaux on the Syriac Doctrine of Addai, J.-D. Dubois on titles in the Jung Codex, and M. Scopello on titles in the feminine in the Nag Hammadi library. The scholarship of the articles is excellent but their own specialization will make it difficult for almost any reader to appreciate them all, and there is no attempt to state a general overview which would bring them all together.

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Author:Barr, James
Publication:The Journal of Theological Studies
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 1994
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