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The ambiguity and vagueness that arises certainly do not contribute to a clear picture of the cannon issue, which itself is sufficient source of confusion and discussion. A careful use of the term canon obliges the researcher to make clear as of when and why he considers the canon complete and the period separate from the preceding phase that with some reservation can be called pre-canonical. In the pre-canonical period the advent of the term canon was preceded by other descriptions such as Scripture and Bible and Tanach. The Christian communities could only use the term deuterocanonical after the term canon came into use. After having established the use of the term canon, in a more accurate terminology, this chapter now turns to a more exact discussion of current canon study. It comprises an historical investigation into the canon in all of its aspects cited.

Keywords: canon; canonical criticism; Christian communities; deuterocanonical; pre-canonical period



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