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Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture


Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture


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von: James W. Watts

19,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 27.07.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9781118786383
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 328

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List of Boxes ix List of Tables xi List of Figures xii Abbreviations xv Preface xvii Acknowledgements xxii 1 Ritualized Text: The Pentateuch as a Scripture 1 Torah and Pentateuch 2 Scripture and Ritual 3 The Three Dimensions of Written Texts 6 Ritualizing Scriptures in Three Dimensions 8 The Pentateuch in Three Dimensions 10 Scripturalizing Torah in the Time of Ezra 13 Reading the Pentateuch as a Scripture 17 2 Textual Rhetoric: The Persuasive Shaping of the Pentateuch 19 The Pentateuch as Literature 20 The Pentateuch as Rhetoric 23 Logos: The Story?]List?]Sanction Rhetorical Strategy 25 Ethos and Pathos in Pentateuchal Rhetoric 59 3 Scroll, Tablet, and Codex: Ritualizing the Pentateuch’s Iconic Dimension 68 The Iconic Dimension of Scriptures 69 The Pentateuch’s Iconic Dimension After Ezra 70 The Pentateuch’s Iconic Dimension Before Ezra 108 4 Reading, Performance, and Art: Ritualizing the Pentateuch’s Performative Dimension 123 The Performative Dimension of Scriptures 124 The Pentateuch’s Performative Dimension After Ezra 126 The Pentateuch’s Performative Dimension Before Ezra 155 5 Textual Interpretation: Ritualizing the Pentateuch’s Semantic Dimension 175 The Semantic Dimension of Scriptures 176 The Pentateuch’s Semantic Dimension After Ezra 177 The Pentateuch’s Semantic Dimension Before Ezra 224 6 Scriptures: From Torah to Bible 251 Scripturalization and Canonization 251 In the Time of Judah Maccabee 253 Understanding the Tanak as a Scripture 255 In the Time of Judah Ha?]Nasi 260 In the Time of Irenaeus 262 Understanding the Bible as a Scripture 265 Cited Works and Further Reading 268 Index of Quotations and Citations of Biblical and Rabbinic Texts 286 Index of Subjects and Authors 291  
JAMES W. WATTS is Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His research involves the overlaps between rhetoric, ritual and scriptures, with a particular focus on the Pentateuch.
Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture is a unique account of the first five books of the Bible, describing how Jews and Christians ritualize the Pentateuch as a scripture by interpreting it, by performing its text and contents, and by venerating the physical scroll and book. Pentateuchal studies are known for intense focus on questions of how and when the first five books of the Bible were composed, edited, and canonized as scripture. Rather than such purely historical, literary, or theological approaches, the author organizes this description of the Pentateuch from the perspectives of comparative scriptures and religious studies. He describes how the Pentateuch has been used in the centuries since it began to function as a scripture in the time of Ezra, and the origins of its ritualization before that time. The book: Analyzes the semantic contents of the Pentateuch as oral rhetoric that takes the form of stories followed by lists of laws and sanctions Gives equal space to its ritualization in the iconic and performative dimensions as to its semantic interpretation Fully integrates the cultural history of the Pentateuch and Bible with its influence on Jewish and Christian ritual, and in art, music, theatre, and film Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture is a groundbreaking work that highlights new research data and organizes the material to focus attention on the Pentateuch's — and Bible's — function as a scripture.

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