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The Formation of the Pentateuch : Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America

edited by Jan C. Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson, Dalit Rom-Shiloni, and Konrad Schmid.
  • Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, [2016]
  • Copyright Notice: ©2016
  • xi, 1204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Genre
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Series
Summary
  • The Pentateuch lies at the heart of the Western humanities. Yet despite nearly two centuries of scholarship, its historical origins and its literary history are still a subject of intense discussion. Critical scholarship has isolated multiple layers of tradition, inconsistent laws, and narratives that could only have originated from separate communities within ancient Israel, and were joined together at a relatively late stage by a process of splicing and editing. Recent developments in academic biblical studies, however, jeopardize the revolutionary progress that has been accomplished over the last two centuries. The past forty years of scholarship have witnessed not simply a proliferation of intellectual models, but the fragmentation of discourse within the three main research centers of Europe, Israel, and North America. Even when they employ the same terminology (redactor, author, source, exegesis), scholars often mean quite different things. Concepts taken for granted by one group of scholars (such as the existence of the Elohist source) are dismissed out of hand by other scholarly communities. In effect, independent and sometimes competing scholarly discourses have emerged in Europe, Israel, and North America. Each centers on the Pentateuch, each operates with its own set of working assumptions, and each is confident of its own claims. This volume seeks to stimulate international discussion about the Pentateuch in order to help the discipline move toward a set of shared assumptions and a common discourse. With the wide range of perspectives examined, this publication is an invaluable resource for subsequent research.
Contents
  • Convergence and divergence in pentateuchal theory : the genesis and goals of this volume / Jan Christian Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson, Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Konrad Schmid
  • Empirical perspectives on the composition of the pentateuch
  • Introduction / Jan Christian Gertz
  • Inscriptional evidence for the writing of the earliest texts of the Bible : intellectual infrastructure in tenth- and ninth-century Israel, Judah, and the Southern Levant / Christopher A. Rollston
  • The covenant code appendix (Exodus 23:20-33), neo-assyrian sources, and implications for pentateuchal study / David P. Wright
  • Data to inform ongoing debates about the formation of the pentateuch : from documented cases of transmission history to a survey of Rabbinic Exegesis / David M. Carr
  • Innerbiblical exegesis : the view from beyond the Bible / Molly M. Zahn
  • From many to one : some thoughts on the Hebrew textual history of the Torah / Armin Lange
  • Can the pentateuch be read in Its present form? narrative continuity in the pentateuch in comparative perspective
  • Introduction / Jeffrey Stackert
  • What do we mean by plot and by narrative continuity? / Jean Louis Ska
  • Travel narratives and the message of genesis / Yairah Amit
  • Why is the pentateuch unreadable? : or, why are we doing this anyway? / Joel S. Baden
  • Pentateuchal coherence and the science of reading / Jeffrey Stackert
  • Does the pentateuch tell of its redactional genesis? : the characters of YHWH and moses as agents of fortschreibung in the Pentateuch's narrated World / Jean-Pierre Sonnet
  • Continuity between the gaps : the pentateuch and the Kirta epic / Joel S. Baden
  • The role of historical linguistics in the dating of biblical texts
  • Introduction : the strengths and weaknesses of linguistic dating / Shimon Gesundheit
  • The linguistic dating of biblical texts : an approach with methodological limitations / Erhard Blum
  • Diachronic linguistics and the date of the pentateuch / Jan Joosten
  • Linguistic dating, writing systems, and the pentateuchal sources / William M. Schniedewind
  • How to date pentateuchal texts : some case studies / Thomas Römer
  • The numeral 11 and the linguistic dating of P / Noam Mizrahi
  • There's no master key! : the literary character of the priestly stratum and the formation of the pentateuch
  • Oral platform and language usage in the Abraham narrative / Frank H. Polak
  • Storytelling and redaction : varieties of language usage in the Exodus narrative / Frank H. Polak
  • The significance of second temple literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls for the formation of the pentateuch
  • Introduction / Bernard M. Levinson
  • What constitutes a scriptural text? : the history of scholarship on qumran manuscript 4Q158 / Sidnie White Crawford
  • Scribal revision and the composition of the pentateuch : methodological issues / Molly M. Zahn
  • Reworked pentateuch and pentateuchal theory / Reinhard G. Kratz
  • Holy seed : Ezra 9-10 and the formation of the pentateuch / Richard J. Bautch
  • What may be learned from Ezra-Nehemiah about the composition of the pentateuch? / Sara Japhet
  • Evidence for redactional activity in the pentateuch
  • Introduction / Konrad Schmid
  • Some empirical evidence in favor of redaction criticism / Jean Louis Ska
  • The pentateuch : a compilation by redactors / Christoph Levin
  • Post-priestly additions in the pentateuch : a survey of scholarship / Konrad Schmid
  • The integration of preexisting literary material in the pentateuch and the impact upon its final shape
  • Introduction / Joel S. Baden
  • Noncontinuous literary sources taken up in the Book of Exodus / Rainer Albertz
  • The story of the Gadites and the Reubenites (numbers 32) : a case study for an approach to a pentateuchal text / Itamar Kislev
  • Integrating the song of moses into deuteronomy and reshaping the narrative : different solutions in MT deut 31:1-32:47 and (the Hebrew vorlage of) LXX deut 31:1-32:47 / Karin Finsterbusch
  • Source dependence and the development of the pentateuch : the case of Leviticus 24 / David P. Wright
  • Historical geography of the pentateuch and archaeological perspectives
  • Introduction / Jan Christian Gertz
  • Biblical criticism from a geographer's perspective : "transjordan" as a test case / David Ben-Gad HaCohen
  • Early North Israelite "memories" of Moab / Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer
  • The historical geography of the pentateuch and archaeological perspectives / Thomas B. Dozeman
  • Hezekiah, Moses, and the Nehushtan : a case study for a correlation between the history of religion in the monarchic period and the history of the formation of the Hebrew Bible / Jan Christian Gertz
  • For the border of the ammonites was ... where? : historical geography and Biblical interpretation in numbers 21 / Angela Roskop Erisman
  • Do the pentateuchal sources extend into the former Prophets?
  • Introduction / Konrad Schmid
  • The pentateuchal sources and the former prophets : a neo-documentarian's perspective / Baruch J. Schwartz
  • Do the pentateuchal sources extend into the former Prophets? : Joshua 1 and the relation of the former Prophets to the pentateuch / Cynthia Edenburg
  • The problem of the Hexateuch / Thomas Römer
  • Rethinking the relationship between the law and the Prophets
  • Introduction / Dalit Rom-Shiloni
  • The Prophets after the Law or the law after the Prophets? : terminological, biblical, and historical perspectives / Konrad Schmid
  • Hosea's reading of pentateuchal narratives : a window for a foundational E stratum / Marvin A. Sweeney
  • The sermon on the Sabbath in Jeremiah 17:19-27 and the Torah / Reinhard Achenbach
  • ... : the relationship of the book of Jeremiah to the Torah / Georg Fischer
  • Compositional harmonization : priestly and deuteronomic references in the Book of Jeremiah : an earlier stage of a recognized interpretive technique / Dalit Rom-Shiloni
  • Patterns of descriptive curse formulae in the Hebrew Bible, with special attention to Leviticus 26 and amos 4:6-12 / John Kessler
  • Reading Zechariah 9-14 with the law and the Prophets : sibling rivalry and prophetic crisis / Mark J. Boda
  • Jacob, Moses, Levi : pentateuchal figures in the Book of the Twelve / Jakob Wöhrle
  • Ezekiel and the holiness legislation : a plea for nonlinear models / Christophe L. Nihan
  • What kind of priestly writings did Ezekiel know? / Ariel Kopilovitz
  • How have we changed? : older and newer arguments about the relationship between Ezekiel and the holiness code / Michael A. Lyons
  • Ezekiel's prophetic message in light of Leviticus 26 / Tova Ganzel and Risa Levitt Kohn
  • Reading for unity, reading for multiplicity : theological implications of the study of the pentateuch's composition
  • Introduction / Benjamin D. Sommer
  • Book or anthology? : the pentateuch as Jewish scripture / Benjamin D. Sommer
  • Methodological reflections on a theology of the pentateuch / Markus Witte
  • The dynamic of closure in the pentateuch / Jean-Pierre Sonnet
  • Narratives, lists, rhetoric, ritual, and the pentateuch as a scripture / James W. Watts
  • Contributors
  • Ancient sources index
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Ancient near Eastern and epigraphic texts and Papyri
  • Deuterocanonical works
  • Second temple literature
  • Texts from the Judean desert
  • New testament
  • Rabbinic works
  • Early christian writings and greco-roman literature
  • Medieval writers
  • Author index.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN
  • 9783161538834
  • 3161538838
ISSN
  • 0940-4155 ;
Identifying numbers
  • EAN: 9783161538834
  • OCLC: 970680699
  • OCLC: 970680699