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The canon of the Bible has been the focus of interest ever since the American exegetes J.A. Sanders and B.S. Childs launched biblical criticism at the end of the 1970s. The brief overview of the history of the biblical canon shows how exceptional this intense interest for the canon is. This book demonstrates how the biblical canon movement shows a tendency to lose sight of the historical shape of the canon, under the impulse of certain representatives of canonical criticism. Historical study of the canon is similarly unable to undo the interconfessional division conditioned by particular canons. The book investigates canonical criticism and the present biblical canon movement. It develops a new historical study of the canon that attempts to incorporate the equally current issues of postmodernity and ecumenism, for which canonical criticism offers insufficient answer.

Keywords: biblical canon movement; biblical criticism; canonical criticism; ecumenism; postmodernity

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