Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature (Hardback)
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Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 21/04/2005
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This book explores a new model for the production, revision, and reception of Biblical texts as Scripture. Building on recent studies of the oral/written interface in medieval, Greco-Roman and ancinet Near Eastern contexts, David Carr argues that in ancient Israel Biblical texts and other texts emerged as a support for an educational process in which written and oral dimensions were integrally intertwined. The point was not incising and reading texts on parchment or papyrus. The point was to enculturate ancient Israelites - particularly Israelite elites - by training them to memorize and recite a wide range of traditional literature that was seen as the cultural bedorck of the people: narrative, prophecy, prayer, and wisdom.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195172973
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 622 g
Dimensions: 244 x 164 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a very important work...one of those increasing rarities in the discipline: a book which everybody should read. * S. D. Weeks, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *
This is an important book both for biblical scholars and for cultural historians...and it deserves a wide readership and careful discussion. * Teresa Morgan, The Journal of Theological Studies *

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