Heard But Not Seen: The Representation of ‘Books’ in the Old Testament

Conrad E.W. (1992) Heard But Not Seen: The Representation of ‘Books’ in the Old Testament. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 17 54: 45-59. doi:10.1177/030908929201705403


Author Conrad E.W.
Title Heard But Not Seen: The Representation of ‘Books’ in the Old Testament
Journal name Journal for the Study of the Old Testament   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-6728
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/030908929201705403
Volume 17
Issue 54
Start page 45
End page 59
Total pages 15
Subject 1212 Religious studies
Abstract In this paper I argue that it is anachronistic (1) to incorporate ‘books’ mentioned in the Old Testament into theories that understand the emergence of the written texts as the suppression of the oral, and (2) to translate as ‘book’, while neglecting to consider its other connotations such as ‘legal document’, ‘letter’ and ‘register’. I also argue that to reconstruct the history of Old Testament books (for example, to locate the ‘book of the law’ or the words of Isaiah or Jeremiah in the existing texts of the Bible) is to mistake a rhetorical feature of the literature for information.
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