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Title: The Compilational History of the Megilloth: Canon, Contoured Intertextuality and Meaning in the Writings
Author: Stone, Timothy J
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2013
Paperback; ISBN: 9783161523755
Volumes: 1; Pages: 258
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Timothy J. Stone explores the canonical shape of the third part of the Hebrew canon, the Writings, challenging the common assumption that the collection is an anthology of unrelated books. First he analyzes the formation and various orders for the Writings in antiquity. Conceptions of sacred literature differed in Judaism, but within temple circles, the Writings and the Hebrew canon were likely solidified prior to the end of the first century. Despite the consensus that there are a large number of orders for the Writings, there is only evidence of the Masoretic and the Talmudic orders prior to the twelfth century. Stone also examines the books of the "Megilloth" for signs of their compilation, especially Ruth and Esther. He concludes that the codification of the "Megilloth" into a collection is integral to the canonical process and preserved in the shape of the Writings' ancient arrangements.Table of ContentsPreface Introduction : the shape of the writings Canon and compilation The canonical approach The compilation of the twelve and the psalter The twelve Intertextuality and compilation consciousness Diachronic development of the twelve Intention within a collection Order of the books The psalter Conclusion The collection of the writings in antiquity Introduction History of the old testament canon Core issues Definitions of canon Ben sira Dead sea scrolls and the stabilization text Use of texts in the new testament Against apion and 4 era Rabbinic literature Conclusion The arrangement of the writings in antiquity Introduction The shape of the writings Order in antiquity Temple collection The od tstament witness to order Greek tradition Hebrew arrangement of the writings Baba Batra 14b Masoretic arrangement Writings' arrangements Conclusion Ruth's migration Introduction Ruth between judges and samuel Judges 17-21 and Ruth Ruth and samuel Ruth in the former prophets Ruth in the writings Proverbs 31 in proverbs Proverbs 31 and ruth Proverbs and ruth Ruth and the psalter Conclusion Esther framed Esther's reception The genre question Esther's compilational context Lamentations and esther Esther and daniel 1-6 Esther and ezra-nehemiah Theology of esther Mordecai Esther Haman God Conclusion The compilation of the song of songs, ecclesiastes, and lamentations Introduction The song of songs Ecclesiastes Lamentations Macro-structure of the megilloth Concluding summation Primary source bibliography Bibliography Indexes.