This collection of John Barton's work engages with current concern over the biblical canon, in both historical and theological aspects; with literary reading of the Bible and current literary theory as it bears on biblical studies; and with the theological reading and use of the biblical text. John Barton's distinctive writing reflects a commitment to a 'liberal' approach to the Bible, which places a high value on traditional biblical criticism and also seeks to show how evocative and full of insight the biblical texts are and how they can contribute to modern theological concerns. This invaluable selection of published writings by one of the leading authorities on biblical text and canon, also includes new essays and editorial introductions from the author.

part I|89 pages


chapter |2 pages


chapter 3|12 pages

Canon and Old Testament Interpretation

chapter 4|9 pages

Canonical Approaches Ancient and Modern

chapter 5|14 pages

Unity and Diversity in the Biblical Canon

chapter 6|15 pages

Marcion Revisited

chapter 7|7 pages

Old Testament or Hebrew Bible?

part II|120 pages


chapter |2 pages


chapter 8|14 pages

Classifying Biblical Criticism

chapter 13|12 pages

The Future of Old Testament Study

chapter 16|7 pages

The Final Form of the Text

chapter 17|7 pages

Thinking about Reader-Response Criticism

chapter 18|10 pages

On Biblical Commentaries

part III|78 pages


chapter |2 pages


chapter 20|12 pages

Preparation in History for Christ

chapter 21|10 pages

History and Rhetoric in the Prophets

chapter 22|11 pages

The Messiah in Old Testament Theology

chapter 23|10 pages

Covenant in Old Testament Theology

chapter 24|10 pages

The Day of Yahweh in the Minor Prophets