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The Present State Of The Historical Study Of The Canon

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Historical research on the canon had taken flight thanks to the breakthrough of modern biblical criticism. As with the evolution of canonical and biblical research in general, the technical and material aspects of historical canon research is the most conspicuous. Historical study of the canon is, of course, a field of positive science that can require extensive specialisation. The theological influence is so fundamental and differentiated that its general aspect is examined in this chapter. Afterward a detailed look can uncover more exactly the channels along which theological involvement exerts its influence. All this will make clear how closely historical study of the canon interacts with dogmatics and that a new historical study of the canon is not just a pastime but an urgent necessity arising from a biblical theology based on the theological canon concept.

Keywords: biblical theology; canonical dogmatics; historical canon research; modern biblical criticism; present-day canonical criticism



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