Scribes writing scripture : doublets, textual divination, and the formation of the Book of Jeremiah / by Justus Theodore Ghormley.

Ghormley, Justus T. [Browse]
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  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2022]
  • ©2022
xvii, 225 pages ; 25 cm.


Summary note
"The biblical book of Jeremiah was frequently expanded and revised through duplication by anonymous scribes in ancient Judea. Who were these scribes? What gave them the authority to revise divinatory texts like Jeremiah? And when creating duplicates, what did they think they were doing? In Scribes Writing Scripture: Doublets, Textual Divination, and the Formation of Jeremiah, Justus Theodore Ghormley explores possible answers to these questions. The scribes who revised Jeremiah are textual diviners akin to divining scribal scholars of ancient Near Eastern royal courts; and their practice of expanding Jeremiah through duplication involves techniques of textual divination comparable the practice of textual divination utilized in the formation of ancient Near Eastern divinatory texts"-- Provided by publisher.
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.--University of Notre Dame, 2015) under the title Inspired scribes.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-216) and indexes.
  • Introduction : inspired scribes
  • Contents of study
  • Scribal scholars and textual divination in the Ancient Near East
  • Scribal practice and education in the Ancient Near East
  • The scribal scholar in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Scribal scholars and the textualization of divination
  • Ancient Near Eastern divination
  • Textual divination
  • Examples of textual divination in Ancient Near Eastern texts
  • Literary generation
  • Secondary application
  • Textual divination in Omen Compendia
  • Textual divination in the Mari letters
  • Textual divination in Neo-Assyrian literary prophecy
  • Conclusion : the common scribal endeavor of textual divination
  • The incremental formation of the book of Jeremiah
  • The divinatory and scribal origins or Jeremiah
  • The book of Jeremiah and the Deuteronomistic tradition
  • The formation of Jer⁺n
  • Describing the final literary stages of book of Jeremiah
  • Conclusion : refining the two-editions theory of Jeremiah
  • Doublets and textual divination in Jeremiah
  • Text #1 : from the least to the greatest, all are greedy
  • Text #2 : your wealth and treasure I give as plunder
  • Text #3 : look! days are coming, says the Yhwh!
  • Text #4 : but you, my servant Jacob, do not fear!
  • Text #5 : look! like an eagle
  • Text #6 : I will make you to be a wall of bronze
  • Text #7 : shall I not punish for these things?
  • Text #8 : look! a people from the North
  • Conclusions about Jeremiah's doublets
  • The divinatory role and status of Ancient Jewish Scribes
  • Duplication technique
  • Synonymity
  • Innovation
  • Intra-Jeremianic and Intra-Scriptural training
  • Post-duplication textual development
  • Ancient Jewish scribal education
  • Scribal divination in the book Jeremiah and in the Ancient Near East
  • Conclusion : inspiration as a fruitful category for historical reflection.
  • 9789004472471 ((hardback))
  • 9004472479 ((hardback))
International Article Number
  • 9789004472471
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