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
     
 

For the past two hundred years biblical scholars have usually assumed that the Hebrew Bible was written and edited mostly in the Persian and Hellenistic periods (the fifth through second centuries B.C.E.). Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of the late Iron Age (eighth though sixth centuries… See more details below

Overview

For the past two hundred years biblical scholars have usually assumed that the Hebrew Bible was written and edited mostly in the Persian and Hellenistic periods (the fifth through second centuries B.C.E.). Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of the late Iron Age (eighth though sixth centuries B.C.E.) as the formative period for the writing of biblical literature. 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 first came to be written down and then became sacred Scripture. This book, written for general readers and scholars alike, provides insight into why these texts came to have authority as 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 B.C.E.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521536226
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,010,905
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Abbreviations
1How the Bible became a book1
2The numinous power of writing24
3Writing and the state35
4Writing in early Israel48
5Hezekiah and the beginning of biblical literature64
6Josiah and the text revolution91
7How the Torah became a text118
8Writing in exile139
9Scripture in the shadow of the temple165
10Epilogue195
Suggested further reading215
Notes217
Index241

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