How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

by William M. Schniedewind
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521536227

ISBN-13: 9780521536226

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How the Bible Became a Book combines recent archaeological discoveries in the Middle East with insights culled from the history of writing to address how the Bible was written and evolved into sacred Scripture. Written for general readers as well as scholars, the book provides rich insight into how these texts came to possess the authority of Scripture and explores

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How the Bible Became a Book combines recent archaeological discoveries in the Middle East with insights culled from the history of writing to address how the Bible was written and evolved into sacred Scripture. Written for general readers as well as scholars, the book provides rich insight into how these texts came to possess the authority of Scripture and explores why Ancient Israel, an oral culture, began to write literature. It describes an emerging literate society in ancient Israel that challenges the assertion that literacy first arose in Greece during the fifth century BCE. Hb ISBN (2004) 0-521-82946-1

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521536226
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
834,557
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. How the Bible became a book; 2. The numinous power of writing; 3. Writing and the state; 4. Writing in the early Israelite State; 5. Hezekiah and the spread of writing; 6. Josiah and the text revolution; 7. How the Torah became a text; 8. Writing in exile; 9. Scripture in the shadow of the temple; 10. Epilogue; 11. Further reading.

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