Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible

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Harvard University Press, 30 .. 2009 - 413 ˹
The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the Hebrew Bible, and this book tells their story for the first time. Drawing comparisons with the scribal practices of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, van der Toorn details the methods, assumptions, and material means that gave rise to biblical texts. Traditionally seen as the copycats of antiquity, the scribes emerge here as the literate elite who held the key to the production and the transmission of texts.
 

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I would like to say at the outset that this is, overall, a valuable and readable book. Its general overview of scribal culture in a broadly pre-literate society is an effective summary (confined to ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

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4. Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible by Karel van der Toorn (2007, 366 pages, read Dec 25 Jan 28) The biblical world was an illiterate one. The original written biblical stories ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

BOOKS THAT ARE NOT BOOKS Writing in the World of the Bible
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AUTHORSHIP IN ANTIQUITY Practice and Perception
27
IN SEARCH OF THE SCRIBES I Comparative Evidence
51
IN SEARCH OF THE SCRIBES II The Biblical Evidence
75
MAKING BOOKS Scribal Modes of Text Production
109
THE TEACHING OF MOSES Scribal Culture in the Mirror of Deuteronomy
143
MANUFACTURING THE PROPHETS The Book of Jeremiah as Scribal Artifact
173
INVENTING REVELATION The Scribal Construct of Holy Writ
205
CONSTRUCTING THE CANON The Closure of the Hebrew Bible
233
Notes
267
Selected Bibliography
367
Index
393
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