The Invention of Hebrew

The Invention of Hebrew

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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 14 photographs; 2 tables
  • 0252078357
  • 9780252078354
  • 713,828

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"His ability to scour the epigraphic record for evidence of social history and to set his findings in such a broad intellectual framework is a major contribution."--The Journal of Religion "Illuminating the enduring stakes of biblical writing, Sanders demonstrates how Hebrew assumed and promoted a sourse of power previously unknown in written literature: 'the people' as the protagonist of religion and politics."--Shofar "An important monograph that synthesizes much previous work yet arrives at an original and provocative understanding of the influence of the development of the Hebrew script and its associated scribal culture on the formation of biblical literature."--H-Judaicshow more

About Seth L. Sanders

Seth L. Sanders is an assistant professor of religion at Trinity College and the editor of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions.show more

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