[b-hebrew] Dating the Hebrew Bible

Walter R. Mattfeld mattfeld12 at charter.net
Thu Mar 4 20:00:26 EST 2004

Some on this list might have an interest in the following soon to be
released book which refutes arguments of text composed in the Post-
Exilic Era (Persian-Hellenistic). Its to be available at
www.Amazon.com as well as www.Eisenbrauns.com

Regards, Walter

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld y de la Torre, M.A. Ed.

How the Bible Became a Book: Textualization in Ancient Israel by
William M. Schniedewind.

Cambridge University Press,
Forthcoming April 2004, 256 pages,
Cloth, English
ISBN: 0521829461

List Price: $28.00
Your Price: $19.57


For the past two-hundred years Biblical scholars have usually assumed
that the Hebrew Bible was mostly written and edited in the Persian
and Hellenistic periods. Recent archaeological evidence and insights
from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of
the late-Iron Age (eighth-though-sixth centuries BCE) as the
formative period for the writing of biblical literature. How the
Bible Became a Book combines recent archaeological discoveries in the
Middle East with insights culled from the history of writing to
address how the Bible first came to be written down and then became
sacred Scripture. It provides rich insight into why these texts came
to have authority as Scripture and explores why Ancient Israel, an
oral culture, began to write literature. It describes an emerging
literate society in ancient Israel that challenges the assertion that
literacy first arose in Greece during the fifth century BCE

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