Friday, 31 July 2015
Canon & Community: A Guide to Canonical Criticism,
James A. Sanders, Wipf and Stock, 2000, page 67-68
Can or will new literature be added to the canon? Will old literature previously not included in the canon be reconsidered or reclassified? Sanders' response is not quite what would normally be expected.
Canonical criticism responds to the question is a way different from the way in which is usually asked. If the very nature of canon is viewed as a paradigm of previous believing communities' struggles in their contexts with the issues of faith, then nothing need be added. The canonical paradigm shows how believing communities may learn to hear the voice of G-d from outside the inner community traditions. The Bible as canon is a veritable textbook of hermeneutics on how to adopt and adapt wisdom from any part of G-d's creation.