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Canon Comparisons

December 26, 2008

What's in Your Bible? Find out at BibleStudyMagazine.comMichael S. Heiser over at the Naked Bible has posted a link to a cute, interactive chart of comparative canons. Very nice for the layfolk. Just click on the thumbnail for the article and chart.

  1. coffeezombie permalink
    December 29, 2008 10:30 am

    heh, this reminds me of a story told in the beginning of Pelikan’s book, “Whose Bible Is It?” that involves a Jew, a Catholic, and Protestant going into a Christian bookstore to buy a Bible. They each pick up a copy of the same Bible, and the Protestant looks through it and says, “Yep, it’s the Bible!” The Jew flips through it and says, “What’s all this extra stuff? I just want the Bible, and only the Bible!” The Catholic flips through it and says, “Why are so many books missing? I want the whole Bible!”

    Anyway, I thought it was kind of odd that the chart list’s “Greek Orthodox”, but then has notes on Slavonic traditions under that heading. If he’s going to cover both Slavonic and Greek traditions, why not just give the heading “Eastern Orthodox”.

    It was nice to see the Syriac and Ethiopians in the list, though.

  2. December 29, 2008 12:22 pm

    It just goes to show how contextualized one’s understanding of the Bible really is. When I teach the Bible, the first lecture is always on how the term “Bible” means different things to different religious communities.

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