Her suggestion that there is no canonical account
of God's interaction with his people between 450 BCE and the birth of Jesus (182) ignores such postexilic writings as the Chronicler's History, the Book of Daniel, and most of the Wisdom Literature.
King Kalasoka is not mentioned in the canonical account, and we do not infer from this that there were no kings at the time.
It is entirely appropriate that the canonical accounts do not mention the bhikkhunis, for the Second Council was essentially a disciplinary action taken against the miscreant Vajjiputtaka monks, and bhikkhunis would not be present at such a meeting.
Since at least the earliest canonical account
of the institution of the Lord's Supper, found in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, Christians have had difficulty eating together.
Further, the canonical account
is premised upon an understanding of constitutional change that emphasizes constitutional proceduralism over other more substantive recognition rules.
Such "lost histories" ask us to reconsider the nature of historical truth and to look for those individuals or groups absent from our canonical accounts
of the past.
The entire project of juxtaposing canonical and non-canonical accounts
is designed to challenge the status of those canonical accounts
as self-referential authorities, and display the myriad ways in which the canon is transformed by these revisions, revisitings, and cultural memory.
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen wrote in the January 21st issue of The New Republic, "[A]ntisemitism's marginalized place in the canonical accounts
of Western history may be owed to a simple fact: that the main responsibility for producing this all-time leading Western hatred lies with Christianity.
Like last year's "Global Conceptualism," "Beyond Preconceptions" attempts to offer a more decentralized view of the art of the '60s than canonical accounts