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Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age
Rollston, Christopher

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 pp. xix + 171. $21.95

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Description: Ancient Northwest Semitic inscriptions from Israel, Phoenicia, Syria, Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Philistia enlighten and sharpen our vision of the Old Testament world in various ways. Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel focuses on this epigraphic evidence in order to broaden our understanding of the techniques and roles of writing, education, and literacy during this biblical period. To that end, the volume systematically covers scribal education; scribal implements; writing media such as stones, potsherds, and plaster; and the religious, administrative, and personal uses of writing. Its handbook format makes it easily accessible, including for use as a textbook in courses addressing the cultural context of ancient Israel.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Johannes Schnocks
Published 7/10/2011
Citation: Johannes Schnocks, review of Christopher Rollston, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Ian Young
Published 7/10/2011
Citation: Ian Young, review of Christopher Rollston, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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