Homer, the Bible, and Beyond : Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World (Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture, 2)

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Homer, the Bible, and Beyond : Literary and Religious Canons in the Ancient World (Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture, 2)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 260 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9789004126657
  • DDC分類 809.01

基本説明

Among the topics discussed are Mesopotamian canons; Zoroastrianism; the Bible; Homer; literary and philosophical canons in ancient Greece and Rome.

Full Description


As distinct from the extant studies of ancient canonical texts, which focus either on literary (Greco-Roman) or religious (Judeo-Christian) canons, the present volume aims at bridging between these two fields by proposing the first comparative study of canon. An international team of experts discusses the processes of canon-formation in societies of the ancient world, addressing such issues as canon and the articulation of identity; the hermeneutical attitude toward canonical texts; textual fixity and openness; oral and written canons; methods of transmission, and more. Among the topics discussed are Mesopotamian canons; Zoroastrianism; the Bible; Homer; literary and philosophical canons in ancient Greece and Rome; the New Testament; the Roman law; Rabbinic Judaism and Kabbalistic literature. The future of the so-called Western Canon is one of the most hotly debated issues of the day. There is reason to believe that what is perceived today as a unique crisis, can be put into perspective by students of ancient societies, for the simple reason that the ancient world offers us the historical perspective of civilizations as a whole and allows us to study cultural phenomena in the "longue duree,"

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Before the Western Canon         1  (8)
M. Finkelberg
G. G. Stroumsa
Mesopotamian Canons 9 (20)
N. Veldhuis
How the Biblical Canon Began: Working 29 (24)
Models and Open Questions
S. Chapman
On Written Lies 53 (10)
C. Grottanelli
Scripture and Exegesis in Zoroastrianism 63 (12)
Sh. Shaked
Homer as a Foundation Text 75 (22)
M. Finkelberg
Two Points about Rhapsodes 97 (20)
H. Pelliccia
Standardization and Ranking of Texts in 117(14)
Greek and Roman Institutions
H. Cancik
Canons of Literary Texts at Rome 131(22)
A. Vardi
Early Christianity -- A Religion of the 153(22)
Book?
G. G. Stroumsa
The Canon of the New Testament in Antiquity 175(20)
Ch. Markschies
The Neoplatonists and their Books 195(18)
R. Lamberton
Canonizing Law in Late Antiquity: Legal 213(14)
Constructs of Judaism in the Theodosian Code
H. Sivan
On Canonization in Rabbinic Judaism 227(26)
D. Stern
From Oral Tradition to Literary Canon: Shem 253(14)
Tov Ibn Gaon and the Critique of
Kabbalistic Literature
M. Halbertal
Afterword: Canonization in the Ancient World: 267(10)
The View from Farther East
A. Plaks
Notes on Contributors 277(4)
Index 281