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Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible

Creator: Karel Van der Toorn | Religion - 2009

The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the Hebrew Bible, and this book tells their story for the first time.

Publisher: Harvard University Press

About this book
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. His book considers the Bible in very specific historical terms, as the output of the scribal workshop of the Second Temple active in the period 500-200 BCE. Drawing comparisons with the scribal practices of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, van der Toorn clearly details the methods, the assumptions, and the material means of production that gave rise to biblical texts; then he brings his observations to bear on two important texts, Deuteronomy and Jeremiah.Traditionally seen as the copycats of antiquity, the scribes emerge here as the literate elite who held the key to the production as well as the transmission of texts. Van der Toorn's account of scribal culture opens a new perspective on the origins of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how the individual books of the Bible and the authors associated with them were products of the social and intellectual world of the scribes. By taking us inside that world, this book yields a new and arresting appreciation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

132 pages

The Aging Spine

Creator: Max Aebi, Robert Gunzburg, Marek Szpalski | Medical - 2005-12-05

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

About this book
Annotation. The "Bone and Joint Decade" draws our attention with increased intensity to the problem of the changes related to aging of our musculoskeletal system and the associated socioeconomic implications. In view of the increasing age of the worldwide population the impact seems to be tremendous. The editors of The Aging Spine pick up this interesting topic and engage opinion leaders to contribute their knowledge in this supplement. The various contributions cover most of the important problems, which are included in the vast specter of aging spine: osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and tumors of the spine. The aging spine will be an everpresent issue in the life of a physician taking care of the different pathologies of the spine. This text will help to better understand the nature of the different changes in the spine of the elderly. It contributes to enabling us to diagnose and to treat this complex problem in an appropriate way.nbsp.

272 pages

79 Short Essays on Design

Creator: Michael Bierut | Design - 2007-05-31

Collects some of designer Michael Bierut's best essays on design, covering such topics as color-coded terrorism alerts, the cover of "Catcher in the Rye," the planet Saturn, and the town of Celebration, Florida.

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

About this book
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together the best of designer Michael Bierut's critical writingserious or humorous, flattering or biting, but always on the mark. Bierut is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today. Covering topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond, Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus. He touches on classics, like Massimo Vignelli and the cover of The Catcher in the Rye, as well as newcomers, like McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and color-coded terrorism alert levels. Along the way Nabakov's Pale Fire; Eero Saarinen; the paper clip; Celebration, Florida; the planet Saturn; the ClearRx pill bottle; and paper architecture all fall under his pen. His experience as a design practitioner informs his writing and gives it truth. In Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, designers and nondesigners alike can share and revel in his insights.

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