Textuality Under Empire

David M. Carr

in The Formation of the Hebrew Bible

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918737 | DOI:
Textuality Under Empire

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This chapter starts with a survey of probable examples of neo-Assyrian influence on various parts of the Bible (psalms, Deuteronomy, Moses story, history-writing, early forms of the Tower of Babel story and Isaiah 14 Babylon oracle, reshaping of Proverbs, etc.) and consideration of the probable background of this sort of hybrid influence in documented processes of Neo-Assyrian enculturation of elites in subject peoples. This sort of impact of empire is distinguished from the ripples of effect of trauma of Assyrian attacks and deportation seen particularly in earlier literary prophecy. The latter portion of the chapter looks at particular methodological problems in identifying early material in Hosea and Jeremiah, before going on to discuss the extent of early material in Amos and the way in which identifiable early material in Micah and especially Isaiah may reflect a Judean outgrowth of the impulse given by the Amos collection.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Micah; Amos; Hosea; Jeremiah; Moses story; psalms

Chapter.  19501 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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