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Description - From Ancient Writings to Sacred Texts by S. A. Nigosian

The books constituting the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, have a complex history of authorship behind them, resulting in a variety of styles, perspectives, and meanings. The authors and editors of the books that became the Bible lived through the political vicissitudes of a region that was a cultural crossroads, subject to successive waves of invasion, settlement, and influence by a variety of civilizations. Consequently, their works reflect the diverse political, intellectual, and literary legacies of the ancient Near East and, in some cases, the incorporation of non-Hebrew texts. S. A. Nigosian, a scholar of Biblical and Near Eastern religions, explores the diverse literary antecedents of the Old Testament as well as the Apocrypha - books excluded from the canonical Hebrew text but included in the Septuagint. Closely analyzing the formation and contents of these works, Nigosian compares them with the religious, philosophical, didactic, and historical works created by the neighboring Near Eastern civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Asia Minor. Proceeding book by book, he highlights parallels in language, structure, and story among Hebrew and non-Hebrew and

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801879906
ISBN-10: 0801879906
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - S. A. Nigosian

S. A. Nigosian is a professor and research associate at the University of Toronto. Among his many books are World Religions: A Historical Approach, The Zoroastrian Faith, and Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices.

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