By Lester L. Grabbe
Is the Bible a Hellenistic publication? The essays during this quantity reply to that not easy query, formulated through Niels Peter Lemche, and provide every thing from certified contract to vociferous competition. In so doing, they debate and light up the numerous gains of Jewish writing within the moment Temple interval, together with not just the scriptures themselves and their very own heritage, however the non-canonized literature of the overdue Second-Temple interval. as with any the volumes during this pioneering sequence, the editor, Lester Grabbe, introduces and displays upon the dialogue and its implications for the most debatable subject matters in present bible study.
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SJOT1 (1993), pp. 163-93 (reprinted pp. 287-318 below). ALBERTZ An End to the Confusion ? 2 Anyhow, this argument is doubtful. First, even if we admit that the cultural development of a society to a specific point of literacy is to be seen as a condition of the emergence of literature, especially when it happened for the first time, it will no longer be a necessary prerequisite in societies that had already been developed and perhaps suffered some decline. 3 The enterprise to write down the national history of Babylonia by Berossos and Egypt by Manetho, mentioned as parallel to Old Testament historical literature by Lemche in his present paper (pp.
Num. 25-32). 32. ), Greek and Latin Authors, I, pp. 20-34, esp. pp. 26-29. The source has been already introduced in the discussion of the Seminar by Lester L. Grabbe (see pp. 131-33 below), but so far it has not been discussed in the literaryhistorical context. ALBERTZ An End to the Confusion? 41 On the one hand, Hecataeus's report in part differs widely from what we know about Israelite history and Jewish customs from biblical and ancient Near Eastern sources: after the Jews were expelled from Egypt because of a pestilence and driven into later Judaea, which was utterly uninhabited at that time (§§1-2), their leader Moses founded Jerusalem as well as some other cities, established the temple, drew up their laws and ordered their political institutions (§3).
The reliable details make it 42 Did Moses Speak Attic ? highly probable that Hecataeus used some authentic Jewish information, maybe in a written or in a oral form. One part of the differences can clearly be explained by the fact that Hecataeus portrayed, of course, the emergence of Judaism from a Greek perspective: according to the concept of Greek colonization Moses is described as the head of a colony (drcoiKia, cf. §3), who not only founded the new cities, but also functioned as founder of the cult, legislator (vofioGeirn;, cf.