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God's scribes : how the Bible became the Bible
Isbell, Charles David.
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Warren Center, Penn. : Shangri-La, 1999.
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xiv, 270 pages ; 26 cm.
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BS718 .I83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book, which originated as a series of 22 essays posted to the electronic discussion list "Reconstructionist Judaism," is intended as a study of the Jewish Bible for use by adult Jews as well as Christians and Muslims interested in learning about the Jewish faith. It "corresponds broadly to an introductory level college Bible course" and is also designed to be useful in upper-level high school classes. Isbell (Louisiana State Univ.) surveys the development of the literature of the Hebrew Bible in the context of Israel's history and concludes with a discussion of the process of canonization. A subtext is his sustained critique of Thomas L. Thompson's The Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel (CH, Dec'99), focusing on Thompson's consistent reading of the Hebrew Bible through the lens of the New Testament. A brief rejoinder by Thompson is included. Isbell's balanced and judicious treatment of the literature of the Hebrew Bible is somewhat more conservative and traditional than many scholars would appreciate. Clearly, this volume was rushed into print and would have benefited from a much more rigorous proofreading. On balance, this is a useful and readable survey that will appeal to the educated nonspecialist. General readers and undergraduates. H. O. Forshey; Miami University