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Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptures in early Judaism

Judith H. Newman


This book reveals the landscape of scripture in an era prior to the crystallization of the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible, and before the canonization of the Christian Bible. Most accounts of the formation of the Hebrew Bible trace the origins of scripture through source-critical excavation of the archaeological “tell” of the Bible or the text-critical analysis of the scribal hand on manuscripts, but the discoveries in the Dead Sea Scrolls have transformed our understanding of scripture formation. The book focuses not on the putative origins and closure of the Bible but on the reasons scriptures rem ... More

Keywords: scripture formation, prayer, embodiment, performance, interpretive tradition, Dead Sea Scrolls, sages, liturgical body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190212216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190212216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith H. Newman, author
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, Emmanuel College of Victoria University and the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, the University of Toronto, Emmanuel College of Victoria University and University of Toronto