Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices / Edition 1by Israel Knohl
Pub. Date: 10/01/2003
In this fascinating book, Knohl shares his understanding of how the Torah was edited into its final form. He bridges the gap between ancient Israel (c.1400-586 B.C.E.) and Second Temple times (c.536 B.C.E.-70 C.E.) by showing the continuity between these eras and the gradual evolution of the biblical worldview, which formed the foundation of later rabbinic Judaism.… See more details below
In this fascinating book, Knohl shares his understanding of how the Torah was edited into its final form. He bridges the gap between ancient Israel (c.1400-586 B.C.E.) and Second Temple times (c.536 B.C.E.-70 C.E.) by showing the continuity between these eras and the gradual evolution of the biblical worldview, which formed the foundation of later rabbinic Judaism.
The book focuses on the editing of the Torah, interpreting the textual evidence, most notably contradictions and redundancies, to show that the idea of a pluralistic understanding of Revelation can be traced back to the editing of the Torah itself.
Knohl's interpretation of biblical composition challenges a popular trend in contemporary biblical scholarship: the idea that ancient Israel never existed as a historical reality, but was invented and retrojected back in time by later Israelite priests as part of their national myth. This interpretation was initially put forward by Wellhausen, the German Christian Bible scholar, whose views laid the groundwork for later anti-Semitic attacks on Judaism.
Knohl brings to his book an impressive background in Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, research in messianism, and a thorough grounding in Rabbinicsa breadth of expertise rare among academics. His innovative writing expands on the notion that the Torah expresses a pluralistic view of God; that there is continuity between ancient Jewish texts and Rabbinic Judaism; and that the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal much about biblical theology, including attitudes toward messiahs and divine providence.
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Table of Contents
|Dedication and Acknowledgments|
|Ch. 1||The Editing of the Torah||1|
|Ch. 2||The Uniqueness of the Priestly Torah||9|
|Ch. 3||Knowing Good and Evil: God and Humanity in J's Story of Beginnings||37|
|Ch. 4||Good, Evil, and Holiness in Isaiah and the Holiness School||51|
|Ch. 5||Israel's Debate over God's Sanctuary||71|
|Ch. 6||Israel's Debate over King and Messiah||87|
|Ch. 7||New Conceptions of Evil and Suffering during the Period of Exile and Return||101|
|Ch. 8||The Emergence of the Sects in Ancient Judaism||123|
|App. A||Dating the Sources of the Torah||149|
|App. B||Biblical Passages and Their Source Derivations||157|
|Index of Biblical Passages and Other References||193|
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