From this time, as is clearly shown by the series of quotations in Ryle's Canon of the Old Testament, p. 257 ff.
- x.); that the " Prophets " were completed and so recognized about 250 B.C., and the Hagiographa between about 150 and loo B.C. (See further Ryle's Canon of the Old Testament.) Having thus fixed approximately the terminus ad quem at which the Old Testament was completed, we must now begin at the other end, and endeavour to sketch in outline the process by which it gradually reached its completed form.