How the Bible Became Holy by Michael L Satlow

By Michael L Satlow

In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the interesting tale of ways an old number of vague Israelite writings turned the founding texts of either Judaism and Christianity, thought of holy via fans of every religion. Drawing on state of the art old and archeological examine, he lines the tale of ways, whilst, and why Jews and Christians progressively granted authority to texts that had lengthy lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow continues, was once now not the consecrated booklet it's now till relatively past due in its history.

He describes how elite scribes within the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.E. begun the method that resulted in the production of a number of of our biblical texts. It was once now not till those have been translated into Greek in Egypt within the moment century B.C.E., despite the fact that, that a few Jews started to see them as culturally authoritative, equivalent to Homer’s works in modern Greek society. Then, within the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations ended in the Sadducees assigning felony energy to the writings. We see how the area Jesus was once born into used to be principally biblically illiterate and the way he knew little or no concerning the texts upon which his apostles may base his non secular leadership.

Synthesizing a huge physique of scholarly paintings, Satlow’s groundbreaking examine deals provocative new assertions approximately quite often permitted interpretations of biblical heritage in addition to a distinct window into how of the world’s nice faiths got here into being.

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