Original Research - Special Collection: Foundation subjects - Old and New Testament Studies

Canon, Jubilees 23 and Psalm 90

Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2063 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2063 | © 2014 Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 September 2013 | Published: 17 July 2014

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Pieter M. Venter, Department Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


There never existed only one form of the biblical canon. This can be seen in the versions as well as editions of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles. History and circumstances played a central role in the gradual growth of eventually different forms of the biblical canon. This process can be studied using the discipline of intertextuality. There always was a movement from traditum to traditio in the growth of these variant forms of biblical canon. This can be seen in an analysis of the intertextuality in Jubilees 23:8–32. The available canon of the day was interpreted there, not according to a specific demarcated volume of canonical scriptures, but in line with the theology presented in those materials, especially that of Psalm 90.


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