In this Book

The Divine Symphony
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In this fascinating book, Knohl shares his understanding of how the Torah was edited into its final form. He bridges the gap between ancient Israel (c.1400-586 B.C.E.) and Second Temple times (c.536 B.C.E.-70 C.E.) by showing the continuity between these eras and the gradual evolution of the biblical worldview, which formed the foundation of later rabbinic Judaism. The book focuses on the editing of the Torah, interpreting the textual evidence, most notably contradictions and redundancies, to show that the idea of a pluralistic understanding of Revelation can be traced back to the editing of the Torah itself. Knohl's interpretation of biblical composition challenges a popular trend in contemporary biblical scholarship: the idea that ancient Israel never existed as a historical reality, but was invented and "retrojected" back in time by later Israelite priests as part of their national myth.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Dedication and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Chapter One - The Editing of the Torah
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter Two - The Uniqueness of the Priestly Torah
  2. pp. 9-35
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  1. Chapter Three - Knowing Good and Evil: God and Humanity in J’s Story of Beginnings
  2. pp. 37-49
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  1. Chapter Four - Good, Evil, and Holiness in Isaiah and the Holiness School
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. Chapter Five - Israel’s Debate over God’s Sanctuary
  2. pp. 71-85
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  1. Chapter Six - Israel’s Debate over King and Messiah
  2. pp. 87-99
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  1. Chapter Seven - New Conceptions of Evil and Suffering during the Period of Exile and Return
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. Chapter Eight - The Emergence of the Sects in Ancient Judaism
  2. pp. 123-143
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. Appendix A: Dating the Sources of the Torah
  2. pp. 149-155
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  1. Appendix B: Biblical Passages and Their Source Derivations
  2. pp. 157-158
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 159-192
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  1. Index of Biblical Passages and Other References
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 197-208
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