T. Michael Law says, “You don’t need Jesus reading the BHS* for your faith you survive.” In other words, when we study that state of the canon of the Hebrew Bible at the time of Jesus it appears to remain in flux, not fully established, and this shouldn’t bother you. Law has written a full post on this topic that is worth your time which you can access by clicking the above link.
As you are likely aware this blog has been the hub for a blog tour of T. Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. This book will challenge readers to rethink the role of the Septuagint in early Christianity and early Judaism, as well as our ideas about canon formation and standard authoritative versions of a text. Among those who participated in our blog tour the reviewer whose post seems to have most sparked the question of canonization is Andrew King’s, so you’ll want to read his review as well if you have the time. Don’t forget that today Jessica Parks will be reviewing two very important chapters dealing with the use of the Septuagint in the New Testament and the formation of the Old Testament canon. If you have a KINDLE you may want to consider buying it from AMAZON.COM right now, since it is down to $10! If you’ve missed our reviews thus far see the full schedule here:
JOEL WATTS (Sunday, July 21st, http://unsettledchristianity.com/)
1 Why this Book?
2 When the World Became Greek
ANDREW KING (Tuesday, July 23rd, http://blogofthetwelve.wordpress.com/)
3 Was There a Bible before the Bible?
4 The First Bible Translators
KRISTA DALTON (Thursday, July 25th, http://kristadalton.com/blog/)
5 Gog and his Not-so-Merry Grasshoppers
6 Bird Droppings, Stoned Elephants, and Exploding Dragons
ABRAM K-J (Saturday, July 27th, http://abramkj.com/)
7 E Pluribus Unum
8 The Septuagint behind the New Testament
JESSICA PARKS (Monday, July 29th, http://facingthejabberwock.wordpress.com/)
9 The Septuagint in the New Testament
10 The New Old Testament
AMANDA MacINNIS (Wednesday, July 31st, http://cheesewearingtheology.com/)
11 God’s Word for the Church
12 The Man of Steel and the Man who Worshipped the Sun
JAMES McGRATH (Friday, August 2nd, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/)
13 The Man with the Burning Hand vs. the Man with the Honeyed Sword
14 A Postscript
* BHS = Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (the standard Masoretic Text with text-critical notes)