By Bernard M Levinson

This e-book offers twelve chosen investigations of textual composition, interpretation, revision, and transmission. With those stories, Bernard Levinson attracts at the literary forebears of biblical legislation in cuneiform literature and its reinterpretation within the moment Temple interval to supply the horizon of historic Israelite criminal exegesis. the amount makes a sustained argument concerning the nature of textuality in old Israel: Israelite scribes have been refined readers, authors, and thinkers who have been aware of their position in literary and highbrow historical past, whilst they sought to resume and remodel their cultural patrimony in major methods. initially released over a decade and a part, the considerably revised and up to date reviews accrued the following discover the connections among legislations and narrative, convey the shut connections among Deuteronomy and the Neo-Assyrian loyalty oath culture, deal with the literary courting of Deuteronomy and the Covenant Code, ponder vital questions of method, and discover the contributions of the Bible to later Western highbrow historical past. the amount deals crucial analyzing for an figuring out of the Pentateuch and biblical legislations.

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Although the factuality of such a radical break with the past cannot be doubted, he contends, its actual historical dynamics lie beyond the realm of analysis or reconstruction and are marked rather as miraculous: Within the same mode of narration—the omniscient—the Bible’s reality model and its compositional status are poles apart from the Homeric or Near Eastern. It all goes back to an epistemological revolution, which shifted the center of gravity from existence to knowledge. The shift . . manifests itself all along the biblical line: doctrine, value, interest, plotting, narration, reading process.

Although Sternberg’s formulation of poetics stresses (literary) history as providing an essential 24 See n. 22 above. 24 I. Setting the Agenda: Why Biblical Law Matters context for the interpretation of biblical narrative in a way that many practitioners of the Bible as Literature movement do not (p. 70), he shares with them the effective restriction of expositional legitimacy to synchronic textual analysis. That methodological dualism, whereby diachronic sourcecritical analysis is retained merely as ancillary, illuminating only the background of the text, cannot, I think, be sustained in light of the issues I have pointed to here.

The Right Chorale: From the Poetics to the Hermeneutics of the Hebrew Bible In his brilliant The Poetics of Biblical Narrative,1 Meir Sternberg argues that the Bible of the ancient Israelites is fundamentally modern in the interpretive demands it places upon its readers. As such he clearly repossesses the Hebrew Bible for the contemporary intellectual. 2 Moreover, he does not rest content in providing a simple descriptive aesthetics of narrative structures and authorial techniques. Instead, Sternberg derives cultural theory from his narratological analysis.

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