Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (2007 Toorn), book

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Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (2007) is a book by Karel van der Toorn.


"We think of the Hebrew Bible as the Book, and yet it was produced by a largely non-literate culture in which writing, editing, copying, interpretation, and public reading were the work of a professional elite. The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the Hebrew Bible, and this text tells their story."--Publisher description.

Editions and translations

Published in Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Table of contents

Books that are not books: writing in the world of the Bible -- Authorship in antiquity: practice and perception -- In search of the scribes, I: comparative evidence -- In search of the scribes, II: the biblical evidence -- Making books: scribal modes of text production -- The teaching of Moses: scribal culture in the mirror of Deuteronomy -- Manufacturing the prophets: the book of Jeremiah as scribal artifact -- Inventing revelation: the scribal construct of holy writ -- Constructing the canon: the closure of the Hebrew Bible.

External links

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