The Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices

The Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices

by Israel Knohl
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
"This book is to be praised as an invigorating celebration of the different voices of the biblical tradition."—Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
Religious Studies Review
"Through judicious use of critical scholarship and Jewish exegetical traditions, [Knohl] explores and even celebrates diversity of opinion on core issues. . . . Well worth reading."—Religious Studies Review
Theological Studies
"There is much to like about this short work. . . . provocative and worthy of consideration."—Theological Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827607613
Publisher:
Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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