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How Biblie Become a Book

How Biblie Become a Book

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Published by: Timajos on Apr 28, 2011
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How the Bible Became a Book
Forthepasttwohundredyearsbiblicalscholarshaveusuallyassumedthat the Hebrew Bible was written and edited mostly in the Persianand Hellenistic periods (the fifth through second centuries
b.c.e.
).Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthro-pology, however, point to the earlier era of the late Iron Age (eighththough sixth centuries
b.c.e.
) as the formative period for the writingofbiblicalliterature.
HowtheBibleBecameaBook
combinesrecentar-chaeological discoveries in the Middle East with insights culled fromthehistoryofwritingtoaddresshowtheBiblerstcametobewrittendown and then became sacred Scripture. This book, written for gen-eral readers and scholars alike, provides rich insight into why thesetexts came to have authority as Scripture and explores why ancientIsrael,anoralculture,begantowriteliterature.Itdescribesanemerg-ing literate society in ancient Israel that challenges the assertion thatliteracy first arose in Greece during the fifth century
b.c.e.
William M. Schniedewind is a professor of biblical studies andNorthwestSemiticlanguagesandthechairoftheDepartmentofNearEastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, LosAngeles. He has been a visiting scholar at the Hebrew Universityin Jerusalem and a Fellow at the Albright Institute of ArcheologicalResearch.Heistheauthorof 
TheWordofGodinTransition
and
Societyand thePromiseto David.

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