We think of the "Hebrew Bible" as the Book - and yet it was produced by a largely nonliterate culture in which writing, editing, copying, interpretation, and public reading were the work of a professional elite. The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the "Hebrew Bible", and in this book Karel van der Toorn tells their story for the first time.
Karel van der Toorn is President of the University of Amsterdam.
* Acknowledgments * Abbreviations * Introduction *1. Books That Are Not Books: Writing in the World of the Bible *2. Authorship in Antiquity: Practice and Perception *3. In Search of the Scribes, I: Comparative Evidence *4. In Search of the Scribes, II: The Biblical Evidence *5. Making Books: Scribal Modes of Text Production *6. The Teaching of Moses: Scribal Culture in the Mirror of Deuteronomy *7. Manufacturing the Prophets: The Book of Jeremiah as Scribal Artifact *8. Inventing Revelation: The Scribal Construct of Holy Writ *9. Constructing the Canon: The Closure of the Hebrew Bible * Notes * Selected Bibliography * Index