Oral World and Written Word: Ancient Israelite Literature

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Religion - 184 pages

This book is an essential resource for understanding the question of the Bible's relationship to orality. Susan Niditch offers a strong argument for the continuity of the literature of the Israelites. She helps the modern reader look at the Bible as living words, breathing life into us daily, instead of seeing the text as a foregone artifact.

Volumes in the Library of Ancient Israel draw on multiple disciplines--such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and literary criticism--to illuminate the everyday realities and social subtleties these ancient cultures experienced. This series employs sophisticated methods resulting in original contributions that depict the reality of the people behind the Hebrew Bible and interprets these insights for a wide variety of readers.

 

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Contents

Variations in the Oral Register
25
New Ways of Thinking about Orallty
39
Archives and Libraries
60
The Oral
78
The Literate End of the Continuum
89
Case Studies
99
The Oral Mentality and the Written Bible
108
Conclusion
131
Bibliography
151
Index of Names and Subjects
167
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About the author (1996)

Susan Niditch is Samuel Green Professor of Religion at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including Oral World and Written Word: Ancient Israelite Literature,part of the acclaimed Library of Ancient Israel series.

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