The Old Testament. A Literary History

Author: Konrad Schmid
(transl. L.M.Maloney)
ISBN 978 0 800697754
Date: 2012
Price: ?32.99 RRP
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Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Press

Originally published in German in 2008, this book seeks to track ?the lines of intellectual development? in the OT and ?the textual relationships within it?. After an introductory chapter on the purpose, history and problems of a literary history of the OT, Professor Schmid of the University of Zurich takes six literary-historical epochs in turn (pre-Assyrian; Assyrian; Babylonian; Persian; Ptolemaic; and Seleucid), each of which produced two or more of the four literary types that he identifies in the OT (cultic and wisdom; narrative; prophetic; and legal) and locates specific biblical books, or part-books, within the appropriate epoch and genre.

Originally published in German in 2008, this book seeks to track ?the lines of intellectual development? in the OT and ?the textual relationships within it?. After an introductory chapter on the purpose, history and problems of a literary history of the OT, Professor Schmid of the University of Z?rich takes six literary-historical epochs in turn (pre-Assyrian; Assyrian; Babylonian; Persian; Ptolemaic; and Seleucid), each of which produced two or more of the four literary types that he identifies in the OT (cultic and wisdom; narrative; prophetic; and legal) and locates specific biblical books, or part-books, within the appropriate epoch and genre.

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