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Bible, 04: Formation of Canons
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Canon (kanon) is the ancient Greek word for a reed that in time came to be used for a measuring rod or stick. Subsequently canon was used in reference to a rule, a standard, or a model to follow. There were many such canons in antiquity in the classical and Greco-Roman periods for art, architecture, music, grammar, rhetoric, and literary productions that others were to imitate. Some Christian co…

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McDonald, Lee Martin, “Bible, 04: Formation of Canons”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_COM_036540>
First published online: 2018



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