Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament

Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament

by David Dungan


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Most college and seminary courses on the NewTestament include discussions of the processthat gave shape to the New Testament. Now DavidDungan re-examines the primary source for this history,the Ecclesiastical History of the fourth-century BishopEusebius of Caesarea, in the light of Hellenistic politicalthought. He reaches startling new conclusions: that weusually use the term "canon" incorrectly; that the legalimposition of a "canon" or "rule" upon scripture was afourth- and fifth-century phenomenon enforced with thepower of the Roman imperial government; that the forcesshaping the New Testament canon are much earlier thanthe second-century crisis occasioned by Marcion, and thatthey are political forces.

Dungan discusses how the scripture selection processworked, book-by-book, as he examines the criteriaused-and not used-to make these decisions. Finally hedescribes the consequences of the emperor Constantine'stremendous achievement in transforming orthodox,Catholic Christianity into imperial Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800637903
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 867,365
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David L. Dungan is Professor of Religion at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ironhorse56 More than 1 year ago
I found the book lacking in verifiable support for many of its claims. Seemed like a lot of personal opinion and conjecture. Yet, there was some good information; but historically, it was a disappointment.
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