Biblical and Oriental Studies (2 volumes)...

Two-volume set of U. Cassuto's Biblical and Ancient Oriental Texts essays.

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C |  I n d e x 1 A number of Biblical books— for example, most of the Latter Prophets, the Book of Psalms and Canticles— comprise, as we know, a collection of speeches or dicta or poems that, to begin with, were unconnected, being separate and independent pieces of literature, and only as a result of editorial work were they combined and formed into a single book. Now the reader studying these books finds in them, particularly if he is accustomed to the methods of European literatures, features that appear to him surprising and strange in respect of the order of the subject- matter and the sequence of the sections. It seems to him that the arrangement of the original units within the book is incorrect, or that the book is without any order whatsoever. Consequently, some scholars have proposed various conjectural emendations or rearrangements of the sections, and have endeavoured to impose on the material an order more in keeping with their own taste; while others have contented themselves with stating the fact that the arrangement of a given book is faulty, or that it is altogether devoid of order. However, the matter is not so simple. We must not forget that the conception of order may vary among different peoples and in different periods, and that there are systems of arrangement that appeared natural and correct to the peoples of the ancient East, yet would never occur to a person accustomed to ways of Western thinking, which is the offspring of Greek civilization. When we bear this in mind, many seemingly obscure and bizarre features in the compilation of the Biblical books become easily and clearly intelligible of their own accord. One of the methods of arrangement that plays an important part in the Bible ( in several books it even enjoys precedence) is that of association— not just association of ideas but also, and primarily, association of words and expressions, a technique whose initial pur- * Paper read before the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Summer 1947. THE SEQUENCE AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE BIBLICAL SECTIONS* [ 1947]

Biblical and Oriental Studies (2 volumes)


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Vol. IFront MatterTitle PageCopyright PageTRANSLATOR'S FOREWORDABBREVIATIONSCONTENTSTHE SEQUENCE AND ARRANGEMENT OF THE BIBLICAL SECTIONS*THE BEGINNING OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AMONG THE ISRAELITES*THE EPISODE OF THE SONS OF GOD AND THE DAUGHTERS OF MANTHE STORY OF TAMAR AND JUDAHTHE SONG OF MOSESDEUTERONOMY CHAPTER XXXIII AND THE NEW YEAR IN ANCIENT ISRAELJERUSALEM IN THE PENTATEUCHTHE PROPHET HOSEA AND THE BOOKS OF THE PENTATEUCHTHE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF HOSEAON THE FORMAL AND STYLISTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEUTERO-ISAIAH AND OTHER BIBLICAL WRITERSTHE PROPHECIES OF JEREMIAH CONCERNING THE GENTILESTHE ARRANGEMENT OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIELPSALM LXVIIITHE JEWISH TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE INTO LATIN AND ITS IMPORTANCE FOR THE STUDY OF THE GREEK AND ARAMAIC VERSIONSAppendix. THE BOOK OF JONAHPUBLICATIONS IN WHICH FIRST APPEARED THE WRITINGS COLLECTED IN THIS VOLUMEVol. IIFront MatterTitle PageCopyright PageFOREWORDABBREVIATIONSSYMBOLS FOR THE UGARITIC TEXTS COMPARATIVE TABLECONTENTSPART ONE. THE BIBLE AND ANCIENT ORIENTAL TEXTSBIBLICAL AND CANAANITE LITERATUREPARALLEL WORDS IN HEBREW AND UGARITICTHE ISRAELITE EPICPART TWO. UGARITIC TEXTSTHE PALACE OF BAAL IN TABLET II AB OF RAS SHAMRAMOT'S MESSAGE TO BAAL IN TABLET I* AB OF RAS SHAMRATHE DEATH OF BAAL (TABLET I* AB OF THE RAS SHAMRA TEXTS)BAAL AND MOT IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSASHERAH'S JOURNEY IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSZEUS DEMARUS IN THE UGARITIC TEXTSDANIEL AND THE EARS OF CORN AN EPISODE FROM TABLET ID OF RAS SHAMRADANIEL AND HIS SON IN TABLET II D OF RAS SHAMRATHE SEVEN WIVES OF KING KERETPART THREE. OTHER ANCIENT TEXTSTHE GEZER CALENDAR AND ITS HISTORICAL-RELIGIOUS VALUETHE LACHISH OSTRACATHE GOD OF THE JEWS OF ELEPHANTINEPUBLICATIONS IN WHICH FIRST APPEARED THE WRITINGS COLLECTED IN THIS VOLUMEINDEX TO VOLUMES I AND II* A. TEXTS
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