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The two images of the canon process that have been produced using the synchronic and diachronic approaches should be merged to form a single whole. They are two pictures of one reality, the canon process. When taken together, the two perspectives cannot but present an overcrowded picture. One can thus tentatively distinguish a few guiding themes within the profusion of images and draw them to the fore. The first guiding theme arose primarily from the movement of the canon process from the past to the future. Spurred by the Yahwist canonical principle, which kept the canon process in Israel going with its dynamism, the view of the past wasted away. The second guiding theme is found in the breadth and depth of the canon process. It is the line drawn from the Yahwist mystery to the Israelite faith community.

Keywords: canon process; diachronic approach; Israelite faith community; synchronic approach; Yahwist canonical principle



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