By Eva Mroczek
Winner of the 2017 The George A. and Jean S. DeLong ebook historical past publication Prize
The discovery of the lifeless Sea Scrolls published a global of early Jewish writing better than the Bible, from a number of types of biblical texts to "revealed" books now not present in our canon. regardless of this variety, the way in which we learn moment Temple Jewish literature is still restricted through anachronistic different types: a theological one, "Bible," and a bibliographic one,"book." The Literary mind's eye in Jewish Antiquity indicates methods of considering how Jews understood their very own literature prior to those different types had emerged.
In many Jewish texts, there's an know-how of an unlimited culture of divine writing present in a number of destinations that's basically in part printed in on hand scribal collections. old heroes resembling David are imagined now not easily as scriptural authors, yet as multidimensional characters who turn out to be often called nice writers who're venerated as founders of becoming textual traditions. Scribes realize the divine starting place of texts resembling Enoch literature and different writings published to historic patriarchs, which current themselves now not as spinoff of the cloth that we now name biblical, yet ahead of it. Sacred writing stretches again to the sunrise of time, but new discoveries are regularly round the corner.
Using widespread resources reminiscent of the Psalms, Ben Sira, and Jubilees, Eva Mroczek tells an unusual tale approximately sacred writing no longer sure in a Bible. In hearing the way in which historic writers describe their very own literature-rife with their very own metaphors and narratives approximately writing-The Literary mind's eye in Jewish Antiquity additionally argues for better suppleness in our personal scholarly mind's eye, not sure via glossy canonical and bibliographic assumptions.