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The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East

Hovhanessian, Vahan S. (ed.)

The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East

Series: Bible in the Christian Orthodox Tradition - Volume 2

Year of Publication: 2012

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 113 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1035-1 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.300 kg, 0.661 lbs

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Book synopsis

The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East features essays reflecting the latest scholarly research in the field of the canon of the Bible and related apocryphal books, with special attention given to the early Christian literature of Eastern churches. These essays study and examine issues and concepts related to the biblical canon as well as non-canonical books that circulated in the early centuries of Christianity among Christian and non-Christian communities, claiming to be authored by biblical characters, such as the prophets and kings of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament.


Contents: Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou: The Canon of Scripture in the Orthodox Church – Daniel Alberto Ayuch: The Prayer of Manasses: Orthodox Tradition and Modern Studies in Dialogue – Slavomír Čéplö (bulbul): Testament of Solomon and Other Pseudepigraphical Material in Aḥkām Sulaymān (Judgment of Solomon) – Anushavan Tanielian: The Book of Wisdom of Solomon in the Armenian Church Literature and Liturgy – Nicolae Roddy: Visul Maicii Domnului («The Dream of the Mother of the Lord»): New Testament Romanian Amulet Text – Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou: Banned from the Lectionary: Excluding the Apocalypse of John from the Orthodox New Testament Canon – Vahan S. Hovhanessian: New Testament Apocrypha and the Armenian Version of the Bible.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Vahan S. Hovhanessian holds a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Fordham University. He is currently the chairman of the «Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions» unit of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and an «Honourary Research Fellow» at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He has published books, chapters in books, and many articles in Arabic, Armenian, and English in the fields of biblical and early Church studies. He is an ordained Bishop in the Armenian Orthodox Church tradition and the Primate of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Bible in the Christian Orthodox Tradition. Vol. 2
General Editor: Vahan S. Hovhanessian