[b-hebrew] Tanach book order - different in Christian Bibles

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Sep 2 16:06:13 EDT 2006

It is also important to note, that the question of the order of the 
different books only became important when Bibles were first produced in 
codices, rather than as individual scrolls. As far as I know, this happened 
no earlier than the second or third century CE, by which Christians and Jews 
had certainly developed divergent views on the authority and meaning of 
different books.

Yigal Levin
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From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
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Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 9:47 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Tanach book order - different in Christian Bibles

> Dear Peter,
> If you or anyone else thinks that my comments were "inflammatory", I
> apologize. I certainly had no intention of offending you or anyone else.
> I did not intend to claim that early followers of Jesus were the first to
> consider Daniel to be a prophet. In fact, we have no way of knowing 
> whether
> a lot of early Christian doctrine was "adopted" from other Jewish groups,
> from pagans who were co-opted into the early church, or original to them.
> That's not the issue. Other Jews could have considered Daniel a prophet, 
> but
> those who did not eventually became the "normative" position. On the other
> hand, to early followers of Jesus, Daniel's predictions were important, 
> and
> so when the Christian canon was formalized, Daniel was included in the
> "prophetic" books.
> As far as Malachi, if you prefer "this may not have been by chance", so be
> it. I think that you are giving the church fathers less credit than is 
> their
> due.
> Yigal Levin

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