I definitely learned a great deal and feel much more informed after reading this book "How the Bible Became a Book".
As writing became more widespread throughout ancient Israel society, the orthodoxy and authority of written text became increasingly important.
Therefore, Schniedewind can make some very daring assumptions and form a conclusion that the reader is often willing to believe.
Superb, thought provoking. A must for any bible scholar or anyone else for that matter. About time someone put it together.Published 11 months ago by rrichards
Excellent summary of how oral traditions morphed into written documents. This is especially pertinent for an understanding of the cultural and political circumstances that... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wallaroo
what is going on with these gigantic comments all coming from various writers in malibu, California?
any theories? Read more
Well written and very interesting. Author is basically stating that ancient populations were mostly illiterate and relied on oral teachings for their information. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by KEN TELLS ALL
I glanced at a number of other reviews of this work and was dumbfounded. Yes, the work primarily delves into the question of when and why the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) was... Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by David M. Dougherty
Schniedewind uses archaeology and the study of literacy to argue against leading theories of when the Hebrew Bible was written. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by Edward G. Simmons
As a Christian and one whom believes each and every word in the Old and New Testatments, whenever I see the term "B.C.E. Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by Coinage
In William M. Schniedewind's How the Bible Became a Book: A textualization of Ancient Israel Schniedewind answers the questions of who wrote the Bible, when was it written and why... Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by s. m. uribe
The Hebrew bible, a text whose words were crafted many years ago, is arguably the single most socially significant, both historically and contemporarily, collection of stories ever... Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by Luke Larsen