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The Formation of the Hebrew Bible
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Introduction: The Oral-Written Model and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible Part One: Methodological Prologue: Textual Transmission in the Ancient World and How to Reconstruct It Chapter One: Memory Variants and Evidence of Oral-Written Transmission of Israelite Literature Chapter Two: Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 1: Two Cases Chapter Three: Documented Cases of Transmission History, Part 2: Broader Trends Chapter Four: From Documented Growth to Method in Reconstruction of Growth Part Two: Excavating the History of the Formation of the Hebrew Bible Chapter Five: The Hasmonean Period: Finalization of Scripture in an Increasingly Greek World Chapter Six: The Hellenistic Period up to the Hasmonean Monarchy: Priestly and Diaspora Textuality Chapter Seven: The Persian Period: Textuality of Persian-Sponsored Returnees Chapter Eight: The Babylonian Period: Trauma, Exile and the Transition to Post-Monarchal Textuality Chapter Nine: Bible for Exiles: The Reshaping of Stories about Israel's Earliest History Chapter Ten: Textuality Under Empire: Reflexes of Neo-Assyrian Domination Chapter Eleven: From the Neo-Assyrian to Hasmonean Periods: Preliminary Conclusions and Outlook Part Three: The Shape of Literary Textuality in the Early Pre-Exilic Period Chapter Twelve: Early States in the Highlands of Judah-Israel and Evidence for Literary Textuality in Them Chapter Thirteen: Royal Psalms: Locating Judah and Israel's Early Pro-Royal Literature Chapter Fourteen: Proverbs and Israel's Early Oral-Written Curriculum Chapter Fifteen: Other Supposedly Solomonic Books: Song of Songs and Qohelet Chapter Sixteen: Other Biblical Texts Potentially from the Early Monarchal Period Chapter Seventeen: Toward a New Picture of Early Monarchal Texts in the Hebrew Bible Afterword Select Bibliography Select Index of Primary Text Citations Index of Subjects

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David M. Carr is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary.

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"Carr's bold attempt to challenge one of the most practiced methodologies in biblical studies is very welcome." --Marginalia "David Carr lays out a highly original method for reconstructing the literary history of the Hebrew Bible. On the one hand, he sets forth a paradigm of oral transmission assisted by writing in which memorization plays a central role. On the other, he looks for signs of early literature in such unconventional places as Psalms and the Song of Songs. Refreshingly, Carr bases his proposals on comparative and historical evidence. A major challenge to current trends on both right and left and a remarkable contribution, sure to make a strong and lasting impact." --Edward L. Greenstein, Professor of Biblical Studies and Straus Distinguished Scholar, Bar-Ilan University, Israel "David M. Carr offers an exciting new overview of the historical development of the Hebrew Bible. Based upon his extensive knowledge of the biblical texts, scholarship, and the process of writing in the ancient world, Carr posits a model that traces the composition of the Hebrew Bible from monarchic times through the Hasmonean period. Carr's volume will be essential reading for all concerned with Hebrew Bible studies." --Marvin A. Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology "David Carr's new book is a fresh approach to a highly debated problem, the formation of the Hebrew Bible. His prudent methodology is founded in observations on ancient Israel's and Judah's cultural history and bases its reconstructions on documented cases of transmission history. The result is an innovative and intriguing picture of how the Hebrew Bible came about, a discussion embedded in the most recent debates of global scholarship." -- Konrad Schmid, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, University of Zurich, Switzerland "David Carr's Formation of the Hebrew Bible is a fascinating synthesis of his former studies on this topic. Starting with an elaborate and well-documented methodological prologue, his reconstruction of the history of the formation of the Hebrew Bible creates a paradigm for accurate excavation in text archaeology. Moreover, his book provides a well-informed overview of American, European, and Israelite scholarship. Mature students and colleagues will profit richly." --Jan Christian Gertz, Professor of Old Testament, University of Heidelberg, Germany "Carr does not brand his work as an Einleitung, but it certainly could and should be used as such...Carr successfully provides us with a well-illustrated foundation suited to the state of biblical scholarship in the early twenty-first century."--H-Judaic

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