Understanding the Pentateuch as a scripture / James W. Watts
- Watts, James W. (James Washington), 1960-
- Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2017.
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- xxiii, 304 pages ; 23 cm
- Machine generated contents note: Torah and Pentateuch -- Scripture and Ritual -- The Three Dimensions of Written Texts -- Ritualizing Scriptures-in Three Dimensions -- The Pentateuch in Three Dimensions -- Scripturalizing Torah in the Time of Ezra -- Reading the Pentateuch as a Scripture -- The Pentateuch as Literature -- The Pentateuch as Rhetoric -- Logos: The Story-List-Sanction Rhetorical Strategy -- Ethos and Pathos in Pentateuchal Rhetoric -- The Iconic Dimension of Scriptures -- The Pentateuch's Iconic Dimension After Ezra -- Ezra's Scroll -- Torah Scrolls in the Late Second Temple Period -- Textual Amulets -- Torah Arks -- Synagogue Scrolls -- Desecrated Torah Scrolls -- Relic Torah Scrolls -- Torah Myths -- Scroll and Codex -- Ritualizing Gospels and Bible instead of Torah -- Publishing Torahs and Bibles -- Decalogue Tablets -- Summary -- The Pentateuch's Iconic Dimension Before Ezra -- The Tablets of the Commandments -- The Ark of the Covenant as Torah Shrine -- The Priestly Blessing Amulets -- The Torah as Monumental Inscription -- Josiah's Torah Scroll -- The Pentateuch as Replacement for Tablets and Ark -- The Performative Dimension of Scriptures -- The Pentateuch's Performative Dimension After Ezra -- Ezra's Torah Reading -- Reading Torah in Later Second Temple Judaism -- Reading Torah in Synagogues -- Reading the Pentateuch in Churches -- The Languages of Jewish Public Readings -- The Languages of Christian Oral Readings -- Recitation, Cantillation, and Song -- Art, Illustrations, and Maps -- Theater and Film -- Biblical Art, Film, and Music beyond Scripture -- The Pentateuch's Performative Dimension Before Ezra -- Performing Texts in Ancient Cultures -- The Pentateuch's Instructions for Ritual Readings -- Biblical Stories of Torah Readings -- Composing Torah for a Listening Audience -- Composing Torah for Scribal Readers -- Evolving Torah through Oral Performance -- The Semantic Dimension of Scriptures -- The Pentateuch's Semantic Dimension After Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Scholarly Expertise After Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Communal Identity and Priesthood After Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Promise and Threat After Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Law After Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Origins After Ezra -- The Pentateuch's Semantic Dimension Before Ezra -- Scribal Expertise in the Ancient Middle East and in the Pentateuch -- The Rhetoric of Communal Identity and Priesthood Before Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Promise and Threat Before Ezra -- The Rhetork,of Law Before Ezra -- The Rhetoric of Origins Before Ezra -- Scripturalization and Canonization -- In the Time of Judah Maccabee -- Understanding the Tanak as a Scripture -- In the Time of Judah Ha-Nasi -- In the Time of Irenaeus -- Understanding the Bible as a Scripture.
- Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture is a unique account of the first five books of the Bible, describing how Jews and Christians ritualize the Pentateuch as a scripture by interpreting it, by performing its text and contents, and by venerating the physical scroll and book. --
Pentateuchal studies are known for intense focus on questions of how and when the first five books of the Bible were composed, edited, and canonized as scripture. Rather than such purely historical, literary, or theological approaches, the author organizes this description of the Pentateuch from the perspectives of comparative scriptures and religious studies. He describes how the Pentateuch has been used in the centuries since it began to function as a scripture in the time of Ezra, and the origins of its ritualization before that time. The book: --
Analyzes the semantic contents of the Pentateuch as oral rhetoric that takes the form of stories followed by lists of laws and sanctions --
Gives equal space to its ritualization in the iconic and performative dimensions as to its semantic interpretation --
Fully integrates the cultural history of the Pentateuch and Bible with its influence on Jewish and Christian ritual, and in art, music, theatre, and film --
Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture is a groundbreaking work that highlights new research data and organizes the material to focus attention on the Pentateuch's - and Bible's - function as a scripture. --Book Jacket.
- 9781405196390 hardcover
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- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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