Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible

Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible

Karel van der Toorn

each decade we see the e-book of just one or works of scholarly excellence that essentially enhance the knowledge of the Hebrew Bible and alter the highbrow contours of the biblical box. Karel van der Toorn has entire this rarest of highbrow achievements. varied branches of religious study, no matter if literary, theological or historic in orientation, will strongly make the most of this quantity. (Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and old close to japanese reviews, ny University)

Van der Toorn has made a masterful case that the Hebrew Bible is the manufactured from the scribal tradition of historic Israel and Judaism. His argument is lucidly and skillfully plotted and relentlessly and convincingly logical. really outstanding is his skill to carry proof from different historical close to japanese cultures at the scribal craft, specially Mesopotamia, to a penetrating and nuanced elucidation of the Biblical case. In all, this can be fairly a massive contribution to bible study and a triumph of the comparative method of them. (Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and different Oriental Languages, Harvard University)

Karel van der Toorn has really swept away a few inconceivable theories and while has laid a company origin for destiny examine. He cuts via a lot of the theory of the new scholarly debate and proposes new theories that might be arguable yet are in response to sturdy facts. destiny debates in this subject might want to take his contributions under consideration or possibility being looked as if it would be out of contact with the truth of historical literary perform. (Robert R. Wilson, Hoober Professor of non secular reviews and Professor of previous testomony, Yale University)

This scrupulous learn via the Dutch student Karel van der Toorn of ways the Hebrew Bible used to be written after which advanced through the years is in so much respects finely instructive. a few of what Toorn has to assert consists of options lengthy universal to Biblical students, even though even during this regard he presents many clean insights. approximately all of the book's argument, in addition, bargains a robust corrective to misconceptions concerning the Bible...Karel van der Toorn is the perfect--and bracing--antithesis to Harold Bloom...Scribal tradition and the Making of the Hebrew Bible is a salutary ebook in response to the main bold scholarly wisdom and research. it's going to compel readers to reconsider their conceptions of literary creation in historical Israel, and it's a important reminder that during many respects these accountable for the biblical corpus have been fairly faraway from being early Iron Age equivalents of Flaubert or Henry James. (Robert regulate London evaluate of Books 2007-07-19)

Building upon the starting to be popularity that the Hebrew Bible got here into being because the close to East moved from an oral to a written culture…Van der Toorn...examines the vital position old scribes performed in shaping the biblical textual content. the writer brings to endure his great wisdom of scribal practices during the historic close to East, and thereby exhibits how the Bible’s development is illuminated while visible by contrast historical past. whereas now and then speculative (e.g., his competition that Deuteronomy gone through 4 variants, which he smartly delineates), the author’s study calls into query those that blithely brush off resource and redaction feedback; it additionally demanding situations the conclusions of ancient minimalists who date the huge bulk of the Hebrew Bible to overdue within the Persian or early within the Hellenistic period. additionally, the portrait Van der Toorn attracts of scribal education bargains a devastating blow to critics who argue that J can have been a girl. Van der Toorn demonstrates that the scribes who produced the Hebrew Bible have been a part of a much broader scribal tradition and that those that forget about this truth turn out false impression the biblical textual content and its historical past. (J.S. Kaminsky selection 2007-09-01)

Van der Toorn covers massive floor during this quantity. He surveys literacy and authorship within the historical global, the tradition and vocation of scribes, creation of the Moses and prophetic traditions, and the problems of revelation and canon...This quantity is very invaluable. Scribal tradition is a must-read for someone attracted to the problems of the formation, transmission, and standardization of the Hebrew Bible. (Charles Halton magazine of the Evangelical Theological Society 2007-12-01)

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