How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

By: William M. Schniedewind

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For the past two-hundred years Biblical scholars have usually assumed that the Hebrew Bible was mostly written and edited in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of the late-Iron Age (eighth-though-sixth centuries BCE) 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. It provides rich 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 BCE. Contents 1. How the Bible became a book; 2. The Numinous power of writing; 3. Writing and the state; 4. Writing in the Early Israelite state; 5. Hezekiah and the spread of writing; 6. Josiah and the text revolution; 7. How the Torah became a text; 8. Writing in exile; 9. Scripture in the shadow of the Temple; 10. Epilogue; 11. Further reading. Printed Pages: 272.

Title: How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

Author Name: William M. Schniedewind

Categories: Christianity, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521829461

ISBN 13: 9780521829465

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 16 Cms x 24 Cms

Seller ID: 009459

Keywords: Bible