Prophecy and Canon
A Contribution to the Study of Jewish Origins
224 pages, 5.50 x 8.50
Paperback | 9780268015596 | August 1977
Hardcover | 9780268048594 | August 1977
This study contributes to the new approach to the problem of the authority of the Bible and religious authority in general known as canon criticism, and will at the same time promote better understanding and cooperation between Christian and Jewish biblical scholars. The author considers the Hebrew canon, and especially the juxtaposition of law and prophecy within it, not as a component of Christian canon, as is usually done, but as a historical and theological problem focusing on the issue of religious and sociological implications of the claims that underlie the formation of the tripartite canon, particularly the claims staked by the authority of the Bible and how this bears on the self-understanding of Judaism—and Christianity. Joseph Blekinsopp has traveled and studied extensively in the Middle East and Europe. Among his many books are A Sketchbook of Biblical Theology, Sexuality and the Christian tradition, Gibeon and Israel, and Scripture Discussion Commentary: Pentateuch. He is presently professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Prophecy and Canon is the third publication based on research sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Center for the Study of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity.
Joseph Blenkinsopp is the John A. O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies in the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Abraham: The Story of a Life (2015). He received his B.A. in History from the University of London and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
"This is an important book, not only as a contribution to the study of Jewish origins . . . but more, for the author's approach to the Hebrew Bible as canon. . . . Blenkinsopp has applied the insights of sociological studies, particularly those of Max Weber and Otto Plöger, to the study of canon. In showing that canon functions at the very center of one of the most basic conflicts in a religious community, and in fact functions to preserve tension rather than to settle the conflict, Blenkinsopp has made an important contribution to the study of canon." ~Journal of Biblical Literature