The Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
Theological Studies

"There is much to like about this short work. . . . provocative and worthy of consideration."—Theological Studies

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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827607613
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Postscript 145
Abbreviations 147
App. A Dating the Sources of the Torah 149
App. B Biblical Passages and Their Source Derivations 157
Notes 159
Index of Biblical Passages and Other References 193
Subject Index 197
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