Contextualizing Israel's Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production
Schmidt, Brian, editor
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. x + 374. $46.95
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Description: Situated historically between the invention of the alphabet, on the one hand, and the creation of ancient Israel's sacred writings, on the other, is the emergence of literary production in the ancient Levant. In this timely collection of essays by an international cadre of scholars, the dialectic between the oral and the written, the intersection of orality with literacy, and the advent of literary composition are each explored as a prelude to the emergence of biblical writing in ancient Israel. Contributors also examine a range of relevant topics including scripturalization, the compositional dimensions of orality and textuality as they engage biblical poetry, prophecy, and narrative along with their antecedents, and the ultimate autonomy of the written in early Israel. The contributors are James M. Bos, David M. Carr, Andrť Lemaire, Robert D. Miller II, Nadav Na'aman, Raymond F. Person Jr., Frank H. Polak, Christopher A. Rollston, Seth L. Sanders, Joachim Schaper, Brian B. Schmidt, William M. Schniedewind, Elsie Stern, and Jessica Whisenant.
Subjects: Ancient Near East, Other ANE Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology
Review by Gareth Wearne
Citation: Gareth Wearne, review of Brian Schmidt, ed., Contextualizing Israel's Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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