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How the Bible became a book : the textualization of ancient Israel

Author: William M Schniedewind
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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For the past two hundred years biblical scholars have increasingly assumed that the Hebrew Bible was largely written and edited in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. As a result, the written Bible has dwelled in an historical vacuum. Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of the late-Iron Age as the formative period for the writing of biblical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William M Schniedewind
ISBN: 9780521536226 0521536227
OCLC Number: 61217599
Description: xiii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: How the Bible became a book --
The numinous power of writing --
Writing and the state --
Writing in early Israel --
Hezekiah and the beginning of biblical literature --
Josiah and the text revolution --
How the Torah became a text --
Writing in exile --
Scripture in the shadow of the temple --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: William M. Schniedewind.
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Combines Middle East archaeological discoveries with insights from the history of writing to address how the Bible came to be written. Relying on anthropologists and archaeologists to date the  Read more...

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