How the Bible Became a Book Textualization in Ancient Israel

ISBN-10: 0521536227
ISBN-13: 9780521536226
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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 was written and evolved into sacred Scripture. Written for general readers as well as  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 was written and evolved into sacred Scripture. Written for general readers as well as scholars, the book provides rich insight into how these texts came to possess the authority of 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. Hb ISBN (2004) 0-521-82946-1

List of Figures
Preface
Abbreviations
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
Suggested Further Reading
Notes
Index

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