Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature

Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature

by David M. Carr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195172973

ISBN-13: 9780195172973

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book explores a new model for the production, revision, and reception of Biblical texts as Scripture. Building on recent studies of the oral/written interface in medieval, Greco-Roman and ancinet Near Eastern contexts, David Carr argues that in ancient Israel Biblical texts and other texts emerged as a support for an educational process in which written and

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This book explores a new model for the production, revision, and reception of Biblical texts as Scripture. Building on recent studies of the oral/written interface in medieval, Greco-Roman and ancinet Near Eastern contexts, David Carr argues that in ancient Israel Biblical texts and other texts emerged as a support for an educational process in which written and oral dimensions were integrally intertwined. The point was not incising and reading texts on parchment or papyrus. The point was to enculturate ancient Israelites - particularly Israelite elites - by training them to memorize and recite a wide range of traditional literature that was seen as the cultural bedorck of the people: narrative, prophecy, prayer, and wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195172973
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Textuality, orality, and the shaping of the ancient mind3
2Ancient Mesopotamia : the earliest and best-documented textual/educational systems17
3The influence of Mesopotamia47
4Egyptian education and textuality63
5Alphabetically based textuality and education in ancient Greece91
6Textuality and education in ancient Israel111
7Education and textuality in the Hellenistic world : Egypt and other examples of Hellenistic hybridity177
8Temple- and priest-centered textuality and education in Hellenistic Judaism201
9Qumran as a window into early Jewish education and textuality215
10Synagogue, Sabbath, and scripture : new forms of Hellenistic Jewish textuality and education beyond the temple241
11The origins of scripture as a Hellenistic-style anti-Hellenistic curriculum253
12Concluding reflections on the Hellenistic shaping of Jewish scripture : from temple to synagogue and church273
13Conclusion287
AppThe relation of this study to earlier research299

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