The shape of the biblical text reflects a history of the encounter between God and Israel. Canon serves to describe this unique relationship and to define the scope of this history by establishing an end to the process. It assigns a special quality to this particular segment of history which is deemed normative for all future generations of this community of faith. The significance of the final form of the biblical literature is that it alone bears witness to the full history of revelation.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Canon: The History of a Relationship
B.S. Childs (who else?), The Canonical Shape of the Prophetic Literature, in: Interpretation 32 (1978) 46-55, here 47.