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A portion of the Leningrad Codex. Although the Hebrew Bible is the result of a developmental process, canonical criticism focuses on the final form of the text.

Canonical criticism, sometimes called the canonical approach, is a way of interpreting the Bible that focuses on the text of the biblical canon itself as a finished product. It has been made popular by Brevard Childs, though he personally dislikes the term. Whereas other types of biblical criticism focus on the origins, structure and history of the text, canonical criticism looks at the meaning the text in its final form has for the community which uses it.

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Description

Canonical criticism involves "paying attention to the present form of the text in determining its meaning for the believing community."[1] Or looking at the text with a view point from today rather than it would be view back then.

Origins

Canonical criticism is a relatively new approach to biblical studies. As recently as 1983, James Barr could state that canon had no hermeneutical significance for biblical interpretation.[2]

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Criticism

The canonical approach has been criticised by scholars from both liberal and evangelical perspectives.

References

  1. ^ John N. Oswalt, "Canonical Criticism: A Review From A Conservative Viewpoint," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 30.3 [1987] 318.
  2. ^ James Barr, Holy Scripture: Canon, Authority, Criticism (Westminster John Knox, 1983), 67.

See also

External links

Norman Gottwald, Social Matrix and Canonical Shape, Theology Today 42 [1985]

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