The Creation of Sacred Literature

The Creation of Sacred Literature

by Richard Elliott Friedman


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"The study of the Bible is at a vital juncture." Thus begins this merger of a stellar group of scholars of both literary and historical perspectives on the Hebrew Bible: Robert Alter, Baruch Halpern, Shemaryahu Talmon, Jacob Milgrom, Nahum Sarna, and Jack Miles, and edited by Richard Elliott Friedman. In this seminal work they raise questions of conception, technique, and audience, treating of both the Bible's authors and editors. At bottom, the question that all are addressing is: in what way(s) is the study of the Bible different from the study of other literature? Their answers, it should come as no surprise, all have to do with the Bible's special life as sacred literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498294935
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2016
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 848,165
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sacred History/Sacred Literature Richard Elliott Friedman 1

Synthetic Studies

Sacred History and Prose Fiction Robert Alter 7

Sacred History and Theology: The Redaction of Torah Richard Elliott Friedman 25

Sacred History and Ideology: Chronicles' Thematic Structure-Indications of an Earlier Source Baruch Halpern 35

Case Studies

Polemics and Apology in Biblical Historiography: 2 Kings 17:24-41 Shemaryahu Talmon 57

The Case of the Suspected Adulteress, Numbers 5:11-31: Redaction and Meaning Jacob Milgrom 69

The Anticipatory Use of Information as a Literary Feature of the Genesis Narratives Nahum M. Sarna 76

Conclusion: Radical Editing: Redaktionsgeschichte and the Aesthetic of Willed Confusion John Russiano Miles 85

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