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The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East

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Edited By Vahan Hovhanessian

The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East features essays reflecting the latest scholarly research in the field of the canon of the Bible and related apocryphal books, with special attention given to the early Christian literature of Eastern churches. These essays study and examine issues and concepts related to the biblical canon as well as non-canonical books that circulated in the early centuries of Christianity among Christian and non-Christian communities, claiming to be authored by biblical characters, such as the prophets and kings of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament.

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Preface his is the third volume to be published by the “Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions” unit of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The first volume was published in 2009 under the title Exegesis and Hermeneutics in the Churches of the East, which included the papers presented and discussed at the SBL meeting in San Diego, USA. The second volume, The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East, was published in 2010 as the first volume in the new series “Bible in the Christian Orthodox Tradition.” The papers published in this book represent the latest scholarly findings in the field of Apocrypha and the New Testament canon from the perspective of the churches of the East. These findings were presented and discussed at the July 2009 International Meeting of SBL in Rome, Italy, and at the November 2009 Annual Meeting of SBL in New Orleans. These two sessions became two giant steps in strengthening the foundation laid years ago through the establishment of the SBL unit as a forum for a new scholarly endeavor to explore a critical examination of biblical scholarship as founded and developed in the earlier centuries of Christianity within the Orthodox churches in the East. Sincere thanks to the steering committee members of the “Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions” unit of the SBL, and to the scholars who chaired and moderated the sessions as well as those who presented the fruits of their scholarly...

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