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Bibil Identifier bibil:245787
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Babylonian Scribalism and the Production of Apocalypses and Related Early Jewish Texts
Author Neujahr, Matthew
Journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Volume: 5, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 212-232 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article takes stock of the burgeoning body of research that seeks to locate elements of early Jewish apocalyptic texts as originating within a Babylonian scribal milieu. The only truly convincing claims of this nature involve those elements of apocalyptic and related works that exhibit esoteric, technical knowledge – e.g. astronomical, metrological – that can be traced to a Babylonian scribal curriculum. The highly technical aspects of such specialized instruction should not be taken as evidence of a scribal-pedagogical strain within apocalyptic literature that relates it intimately to wisdom literature. Rather, any emphasis on a “scribal character” of both apocalyptic and wisdom texts misconstrues the nature of ancient scribal practice, which is distinctive of no particular type of literature.
DOI 10.1628/186870316X14805954607597
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Scribe
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Babylon : Literature
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Apocalyptic
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