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Education in Ancient Israel: Across the Deadening Silence (James L Crenshaw) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 1998) 9780300140118
Education in Ancient Israel: Across the Deadening Silence (James L Crenshaw) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 1998) 9780300140118
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Title: Education in Ancient Israel: Across the Deadening Silence

Author: Crenshaw, James L

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300140118

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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In this groundbreaking new book, distinguished biblical scholar James L. Crenshaw investigates both the pragmatic hows and the philosophical whys of education in ancient Israel and its surroundings. Asking questions as basic as "Who were the teachers and students and from what segment of Israelite society did they come?" and "How did instructors interest young people in the things they had to say?" Crenshaw explores the institutions and practices of education in ancient Israel. The results are often surprising and more complicated than one would expect.

Education, for the people who lived in the biblical world, was more than a simple matter of memorizing information and taking tests. It was a search for the hidden plan and presence of God. Knowledge was gained, according to biblical texts such as Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, not only by means of patient observation and listening, but through communication with Wisdom, the feminine incarnation of the Divine. Drawing upon a broad range of ancient sources, Crenshaw examines this religious dimension of education in ancient Israel, demonstrating how the practice of teaching and learning was transformed into the supreme act of worship.

Contents

Preface

Introduction

Ch. 1 Literacy

Ch. 2 The Contemplative Life

Ch. 3 Schools in Ancient Israel

Ch. 4 The Acquisition of Knowledge

Ch. 5 Resistance to Learning

Ch. 6 The Missing Voice

Ch. 7 Language for Intellectual Achievement

Ch. 8 A Literary Canon

Ch. 9 Knowledge as Human Discovery and as Divine Gift

Ch. 10 Probing the Unknown: Knowledge and the Sacred

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Selected Bibliography

Index

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