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Homer, the Bible and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World (Margalit Finkelberg Guy G Strousma (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2003) 9789004126657
Homer, the Bible and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World (Margalit Finkelberg Guy G Strousma (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2003) 9789004126657
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Title: Homer, the Bible and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World

Author: Finkelberg, Margalit Guy G Strousma (ed)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004126657

Volumes: 1; Pages: vi, 290

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As distinct from the extant studies of ancient canonical texts, which focus either on literary (Greco-Roman) or religious (Judeo-Christian) canons, the present volume aims at bridging between these two fields by proposing the first comparative study of canon.An international team of experts discusses the processes of canon-formation in societies of the ancient world, addressing such issues as canon and the articulation of identity; the hermeneutical attitude toward canonical texts; textual fixity and openness; oral and written canons; methods of transmission, and more. Among the topics discussed are Mesopotamian canons; Zoroastrianism; the Bible; Homer; literary and philosophical canons in ancient Greece and Rome; the New Testament; the Roman law; Rabbinic Judaism and Kabbalistic literature.The future of the so-called Western Canon is one of the most hotly debated issues of the day. There is reason to believe that what is perceived today as a unique crisis, can be put into perspective by students of ancient societies, for the simple reason that the ancient world offers us the historical perspective of civilizations as a whole and allows us to study cultural phenomena in the longue dure.ContentsIntroduction: Before the Western Canon Mesopotamian Canons How the Biblical Canon Began: Working Models and Open Questions On Written Lies Scripture and Exegesis in ZoroastrianismHomer as a Foundation Text Two Points about Rhapsodes Standardization and Ranking of Texts in Greek and Roman Institutions Canons of Literary Texts at Rome Early Christianity--A Religion of the Book? The Canon of the New Testament in Antiquity The Neoplatonists and their Books Canonizing Law in Late Antiquity: Legal Constructs of Judaism in the Theodosian Code On Canonization in Rabbinic Judaism From Oral Tradition to Literary Canon: Shem Tov Ibn Gaon and the Critique of Kabbalistic Literature Afterword: Canonization in the Ancient World: The View from Farther East Notes on Contributors Index
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