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In The Formation of the Hebrew Bible David Carr rethinks either the equipment and ancient orientation issues for study into the expansion of the Hebrew Bible into its current shape. development on his earlier paintings, Writing at the pill of the guts (Oxford, 2005), he explores either the chances and boundaries of reconstruction of pre-stages of the Bible. the strategy he advocates is a ''methodologically modest'' research of these pre-stages, using standards and versions derived from his survey of documented examples of textual revision within the old close to East. the result's a brand new photo of the formation of the Hebrew Bible, with insights at the preliminary emergence of Hebrew literary textuality, the improvement of the 1st Hexateuch, and the ultimate formation of the Hebrew Bible.

the place a few have encouraged courting the majority of the Hebrew Bible in one interval, even if rather early (Neo-Assyrian) or overdue (Persian or Hellenistic), Carr uncovers particular proof that the Hebrew Bible includes texts relationship throughout Israelite background, even the early pre-exilic interval (10th-9th centuries). He lines the effect of Neo-Assyrian imperialism on 8th and 7th century Israelite textuality. He makes use of experiences of collective trauma to spot marks of the reshaping and choice of traditions based on the destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian exile. He develops an image of various Priestly reshaping of narrative and prophetic traditions within the moment Temple interval, together with the circulate towards eschatological and apocalyptic subject matters and genres. And he makes use of manuscript proof from Qumran and the Septuagint to discover clues to the ultimate literary shaping of the proto-Masoretic textual content, most likely lower than the Hasmonean monarchy.

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213–14. 26. Louis D. Levine, “Inscriptions of Sennacherib,” in History, Historiography and Interpretation: Studies in Biblical and Cuneiform Languages, ed. Hayim Tadmor and Moshe Weinfeld (Jerusalem: Magnes, 1983), 72. 27. Bendt Alster, “Lugalbanda and the Early Epic Tradition in Mesopotamia,” in Lingering over Words: Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Literature in Honor of William L. Moran, ed. Tzvi Abusch, et al. (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990), 63–64. 28. Niek Veldhuis, Elementary Education at Nippur: The Lists of Trees and Wooden Objects (Groningen: Styx, 1997), 131–41.

With Fox, I have no investment here in establishing the chronological priority of certain versions of these sayings over others, only in investigating the sort of variation characteristic between them. 37. Rubin, Memory in Old Traditions, 179–83. Variants and Evidence of Oral-Written Transmission of Israelite Literature ■ 27 slightly in the second. Third, when we look at the variation in the second couplet, it is of the sort seen in transmission of memorized texts: presence/absence of an optional preposition (‫ כ‬in 6:10), use of different stems to describe the “vagabond” (piel ‫ מהלך‬6:11 versus hithpael ‫ מתהלך‬24:34), different renderings of “your poverty” (‫ ראשך‬6:11//‫ רישך‬24:34), and a meaningless variation between the singular and plural forms of “your need” (‫ מחסרך‬6:11; ‫ מחסריך‬24:34).

37. Rubin, Memory in Old Traditions, 179–83. Variants and Evidence of Oral-Written Transmission of Israelite Literature ■ 27 slightly in the second. Third, when we look at the variation in the second couplet, it is of the sort seen in transmission of memorized texts: presence/absence of an optional preposition (‫ כ‬in 6:10), use of different stems to describe the “vagabond” (piel ‫ מהלך‬6:11 versus hithpael ‫ מתהלך‬24:34), different renderings of “your poverty” (‫ ראשך‬6:11//‫ רישך‬24:34), and a meaningless variation between the singular and plural forms of “your need” (‫ מחסרך‬6:11; ‫ מחסריך‬24:34).

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