The Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices

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Jewish Publication Society, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 225 pages
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In this fascinating book, Knohl shares his understanding of how the Torah was edited into its final form. He bridges the gap between ancient Israel (c.1400-586 B.C.E.) and Second Temple times (c.536 B.C.E.-70 C.E.) by showing the continuity between these eras and the gradual evolution of the biblical worldview, which formed the foundation of later rabbinic Judaism. The book focuses on the editing of the Torah, interpreting the textual evidence, most notably contradictions and redundancies, to show that the idea of a pluralistic understanding of Revelation can be traced back to the editing of the Torah itself. Knohl's interpretation of biblical composition challenges a popular trend in contemporary biblical scholarship: the idea that ancient Israel never existed as a historical reality, but was invented and "retrojected" back in time by later Israelite priests as part of their national myth.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Editing of the Torah
1
Chapter Two The Uniqueness of the Priestly Torah
9
God and Humanity in Js Story of Beginnings
37
Chapter Four Good Evil and Holiness in Isaiah and the Holiness School
51
Chapter Five Israels Debate over Gods Sanctuary
71
Chapter Six Israels Debate over King and Messiah
87
Chapter Seven New Conceptions of Evil and Suffering during the Period of Exile and Return
101
Chapter Eight The Emergence of the Sects in Ancient Judaism
123
Postscript
145
Abbreviations
147
Dating the Sources of the Torah
149
Biblical Passages and Their Source Derivations
157
Notes
159
Index of Biblical Passages and Other References
193
Subject Index
197
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About the author (2010)

Israel Knohl is chair of the Bible Department of Hebrew University and on the faculty of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Sanctuary of Silence and The Messiah Before Jesus. Knohl brings to his book an impressive background in Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, research in messianism, and a thorough grounding in Rabbinics -- a breadth of expertise rare among academics.

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