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Textual Memory: Ancient Archives, Libraries and the Hebrew Bible (Jaqueline S du Toit) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010) 9781907534157
Textual Memory: Ancient Archives, Libraries and the Hebrew Bible (Jaqueline S du Toit) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010) 9781907534157
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Title: Textual Memory: Ancient Archives, Libraries and the Hebrew Bible

Author: Toit, Jaqueline S du

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781907534157

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 187

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In modern scholarship the Hebrew Bible represents a collection of books, perhaps even a library of books. Some think that it is a selection of ancient oral traditions that were eventually written down, edited and preserved. Others suggest that the biblical corpus resulted from a merging of regional libraries in ancient Palestine or was the outcome of the Hasmoneans? need to legitimize their rule by claiming ownership of a library of books originating in the Jerusalem temple. No matter how tantalizing these hypotheses are, the implications of a concrete understanding of the origins of the Bible as library or archive are not often fully appreciated by scholars.Textual Memory explores how various disciplines, including Assyriology, biblical studies, archival science and library history, have made sense of the thousands of collections of clay tablets and ancient written material discovered over the past two hundred years in the Middle East. And it raises the question whether the great libraries of Ashurbanipal and Alexandria, among others, are able to suggest models of how the Hebrew Bible came into being. Can the temple libraries in Mesopotamia or Egypt offer us any clues about who decided what should be preserved and why? What have ancient archival practices of careful selection, conservation, classification and dissemination of information to contribute to our understanding of the creation of the Hebrew Bible?Ultimately, this book is a historiographical synthesis of current scholarship on ancient Near Eastern archives and libraries from different disciplinary perspectives. Its purpose is to better understand how we should conceive of the Bible as religious tradition and literary heritage.ContentsChapter 1INTRODUCTION: THE ARCHIVE OF PARADISE Chapter 2MODERN SCHOLARSHIP AND THE ANCIENT PHENOMENON 1. Introduction 2. The Heroic Period 3. The Twentieth-Century Definition of Ancient Collections 4. Conclusion Chapter AN IMPERCEPTIBLE DIALOGUE: CANON, TEMPLE AND LIBRARY 1. Introduction 2. Tracing the Development of a Concept: The Temple Library 3. Canonization and the Temple Library 4. Conclusion Chapter USE AND THE ASSIGNMENT OF MEANING: ARCHIVES ANDADJUNCT TEXTUAL DEPOSITS 1. Archives 2. Adjunct Textual Deposits 3. Conclusion Chapter THE ENTERPRISE OF EMPIRE: ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE,THE UNIVERSAL LIBRARY AND TOTAL ARCHIVES 1. Introduction 2. Encyclopedic Accumulation: "A Variety of Configurations" 3. Derrida's Fever and Desire 4. Clio's Birdcage: Origins, the Text and the Revisionists 5. Conclusion Chapter CONCLUSION: THE CONSEQUENCES
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