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A New Historical Study Of The Canon: The Task

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After having weighed, in sequence, the possibilities and limitations of, conditions for and current interest in a new historical study of the canon, the road now seems clear to attempting this undertaking under the most favourable circumstances. The first step is to define clearly the hermeneutical principles adopted. Hermeneutical insights, after all, are what determine the method to be applied and thus orient and undergird the whole historical study. They cannot remain uncertain without doing harm. Lucidity in this matter is essential. That is why the author opt in principle for a global approach, albeit in a relatively brief scope. Further, the time interval and material to be studied within the long and complex process of canon?s genesis must be defined precisely. There is a good reason for selecting the earliest period.

Keywords: canon?s genesis; global approach; hermeneutical principles; historical canon study



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