Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism by Joshua A. BermanInconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism by Joshua A. Berman

Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism

byJoshua A. Berman

Hardcover | July 27, 2017

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Inconsistency in the Torah is a critical intellectual history of the theories of textual growth in biblical studies. The historical critical approach to the Pentateuch has long relied upon scholarly intuition concerning some of its narrative and legal discrepancies, which scholars have takenas signs of fragmentation and competing agendas. Those hypotheses are, Joshua A. Berman argues, based on anachronistic, nineteenth-century understandings of ancient Near Eastern and biblical law as statutory law. Indeed, the Pentateuch's inconsistencies are not dissimilar to types of narrativeinconsistencies from Egyptian monumental inscriptions and the historical prologues of the Hittite vassal treaty tradition. Berman here explores the inconsistencies between the Pentateuch's four corpora of law by surveying the history of legal theory and its influence on the critical study ofbiblical law. He lays bare how the intellectual movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries impeded the proper execution of historical critical method in the study of the Pentateuch. Ultimately he advocates a return to the hermeneutics of Spinoza and the adoption of a methodologicallymodest agenda. This book is a must-read for Biblicists looking to escape from the impasse and extreme fragmentation gripping the field today.
Joshua A. Berman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought.
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Title:Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source CriticismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190658800

ISBN - 13:9780190658809

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