How the Bible Became a Book
The Textualization of Ancient Israel
By (author) William M. Schniedewind
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How the Bible Became a Book by William M. Schniedewind
Book DescriptionFor 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521829465
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William M. Schniedewind
Social History of Hebrew, Hardback (January 2014)
Examines classical Hebrew from its origins in the second millennium BCE until the Rabbinic period, when the principles of Judaism as we know it today were formulated, to view the story of the Israelites through the lens of their language.
Primer on Ugaritic, Paperback (July 2007)
This book is an introduction to the language of the ancient city of Ugarit, first published in 2007.
How the Bible Became a Book, Paperback (August 2005)
Dates the writing of biblical literature to the late-Iron Age, challenging previous theories of literacy.
Society and the Promise to David, Hardback (May 1999)» View all books by William M. Schniedewind
In the second book of Samuel, the prophet Nathan tells King David that God will give to him and his descendants a great and everlasting kingdom. This study looks at how this dynastic Promise has been understood and transmitted from the time of its first appearance at the inception of the Hebrew monarchy until the dawn of Christianity.
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Author Biography - William M. Schniedewind
Professor William M. Schniedewind chairs the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and is a Professor of Biblical Studies at UCLA. He has been a fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University. He received his PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies in 1992 at Brandeis University. He is most recently the author of Society and the Promise to David, published in 1999.
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