Skip to content

How the Bible Became a Book The Textualization of Ancient Israel

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 0521829461

ISBN-13: 9780521829465

Edition: 2004

Authors: William M. Schniedewind

List price: $51.95
Shipping box This item qualifies for FREE shipping.
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

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 literature. How the Bible Became a Book combines these 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. This book 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, challenging the assertion that widespread literacy first arose in Greece during the fifth century BCE.
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

How the Bible became a book
The numinous power of writing
Writing and the state
Writing in the early Israelite State
Hezekiah and the spread of writing
Josiah and the text revolution
How the Torah became a text
Writing in exile
Scripture in the shadow of the temple
Epilogue
Further reading