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Remembering Abraham Culture, Memory, and History in the Hebrew Bible

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ISBN-10: 0195177967

ISBN-13: 9780195177961

Edition: 2004

Authors: Ronald S. Hendel

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According to an old tradition preserved in the Palestinian Targums, the Hebrew Bible is 'the Book of Memories.' The sacred past recalled in the Bible serves as a model and wellspring for the present. The remembered past, says Ronald Hendel, is the material with which biblical Israel constructed its identity as a people, a religion, and a culture. In Israel's formative years, these memories circulated orally in the context of family and tribe. Over time they came to be crystallizedin various written texts. The Hebrew Bible is a vast compendium of writings, spanning a thousand-year period from roughly the twelfth to the second century BCE, and representing perhaps a small slice of the…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor in chief of "The Oxford Hebrew Bible" and the author of "Remembering Abraham" and "Reading Genesis".

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