Homer, the Bible, and Beyond: Literary and Religious Canons by Associate Professor in Classics Margalit Finkelberg, Guy

By Associate Professor in Classics Margalit Finkelberg, Guy Stroumsa

This paintings discusses the techniques of canon-formation in societies of the traditional global, addressing such concerns as canon and the articulation of id, the hermeneutical perspective towards canonical texts, and textual fixity and openness.

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A nice point, however, is the verbal form i-tan-li-pu. The verb itlupu is used primarily in so-called teratological omens, omens deriving their prediction from monstruous births, either human or animal. 52 The poor creatures are described as having arms, legs, or other body parts grown together. Our text indulges in the formation of a complicated, hyper-correct, verbal form, with a secondary dissimilation of a reduplicated /1/: îtanlipu, a form not attested anywhere else as far as I know. This learned form is used to describe something that the compiler of this text must have regarded as utterly impossible: blocks of ice in a river freezing together.

3 ‫ ׳‬Here I would follow most historical-critical scholars of the Old Testament in viewing the kernel of the canon to have been formed by an early version of the book of Deuteronomy. However, it also seems to me that the history of the evolving 'canon' should concern itself just as much with the books of the Deuteronomistic History as with those of the Pentateuch. Of course, the narrower sense of the term 'canon' can—and probably in some Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Minneapolis, 1992), 70-71.

J h r . η. C h r . h a t . . die Bildung des alttestamentlichen K a n o n s ihren Abschluß gefunden. Aber ihre Vorgeschichte beginnt J a h r h u n d e r t e u n d J a h r t a u s e n d e vorher. " 15 Idem, The Old Testament (New York, 1965). R. Ackroyd, Continuity. A Contribution to the Study of the Old Testament Religious Tradition (Oxford, 1962) = in his Studies in the Religious Tradition of the Old Testament (London, 1987), 3 - 3 0 ; idem, " T h e Vitality of the W o r d of G o d in the O l d T e s t a m e n t .

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