By William M. Schniedewind
How the Bible grew to become a ebook combines contemporary archaeological discoveries within the heart East with insights culled from the background of writing to handle how the Bible was once written and advanced into sacred Scripture. Written for normal readers in addition to students, the publication presents wealthy perception into how those texts got here to own the authority of Scripture and explores why historical Israel, an oral tradition, begun to put in writing literature. It describes an rising literate society in historical Israel that demanding situations the statement that literacy first arose in Greece in the course of the 5th century BCE. Hb ISBN (2004) 0-521-82946-1
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Hence, we have special names to mark our initiation into religious groups. We have Hebrew names or Christian names. Some people change their names to reflect a transition in their lives. To this day, synagogues place a Torah scroll in an “ark” and celebrate the scroll’s appearance in the service, thereby recalling a powerful image from Exodus. The Bible is placed on a pedestal and read from in an elevated pulpit. We revere the written word. xml CY301/Schniedewind 052182946 February 2, 2004 14:36 3 Writing and the State Who wrote in antiquity?
He took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem. ” When YHWH saw that they humbled themselves, the word of YHWH came to Shemaiah, saying: “They have humbled themselves; I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. ” So King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he took away the treasures of the house of YHWH and the treasures of the king’s house; he took everything. He also took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made.
The scribes were not independent, but served at the discretion of the ruling groups who brought them into existence, provided for their sustenance, and controlled their access to the public. Thus, the role of writing was quite limited in antiquity. 4 Earlier texts are most often record keeping, with few literary pieces. ) that many of these texts were copied down in scribal schools. The major collections of literary works actually date to the Assyrian libraries of the first millennium. The famous library of Assurbanipal (ca.
How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel by William M. Schniedewind