Writing on the Tablet of the Heart

Writing on the Tablet of the Heart : Origins of Scripture and Literature

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This book explores a new model for the production, revision, and reception of Biblical texts as Scripture. Building on recent studies of the oral/written interface in medieval, Greco-Roman and ancinet Near Eastern contexts, David Carr argues that in ancient Israel Biblical texts and other texts emerged as a support for an educational process in which written and oral dimensions were integrally intertwined. The point was not incising and reading texts on parchment or papyrus. The point was to enculturate ancient Israelites - particularly Israelite elites - by training them to memorize and recite a wide range of traditional literature that was seen as the cultural bedorck of the people: narrative, prophecy, prayer, and wisdom.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 30mm | 621.43g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195172973
  • 9780195172973
  • 2,043,252

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This is an important book both for biblical scholars and for cultural historians...and it deserves a wide readership and careful discussion. * Teresa Morgan, The Journal of Theological Studies * This is a very important work...one of those increasing rarities in the discipline: a book which everybody should read. * S. D. Weeks, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *show more

About David M. Carr

David M. Carr is Professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is the author of The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible (OUP, 2003) and several other books.show more

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