Protocanonical


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Pro`to`ca`non´ic`al


a.1.Of or pertaining to the first canon, or that which contains the authorized collection of the books of Scripture; - opposed to deutero-canonical.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In the 16th century Pope Sixtus divided the Old Testament into protocanonical and deuterocanonical works, proto meaning those works that came before and deutero meaning there that are secondary to the canon.
As distinguished from the shorter, more restrictive Protestant Bible, the Catholic Canon is hierarchized into "protocanonical" works (that is, works of the "first" or highest inspiration, the synoptic Gospels for instance) and "deuterocanonical" (that is, works previously contested but finally accepted as inspired, such as the Apocalypse).
Assuming slow expansion within a hierarchized literary system, one might think that works of African-American, Native-American, and other non-traditional literatures can still become "canonized," though only within a hierarchical arrangement that, as Bloom would have it, necessarily keeps Shakespeare "first" (or "protocanonical"), Dante "second," Dickinson "twelfth," and so on.