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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 5. Why Multiple Biblical Canons?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44877


A biblical canon is a list of the books that are considered authoritative and binding in a given Samaritan, Jewish, or Christian community. The number of books in each community’s Bible varies greatly, from five to seventy-six or more.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jean-Claude Loba Mkole ([email protected] - jclmkole) 'University of the Free State, South Africa'