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How the Bible Became Holy
Michael L. Satlow

In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history.

He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated int...


2014   368 pp.  15 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300171914  $35.00

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Babel in Zion
Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948
 



Charity
The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition
 



Holy Resilience
The Bible's Traumatic Origins
 



Three Thousand Years of Hebrew Versification
Essays in Comparative Prosody
 



David
The Divided Heart
 



The Genius
Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism
 



We Wept Without Tears
Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz
 



Becoming Freud
The Making of a Psychoanalyst
 



Jabotinsky
A Life
 



The Spanish Inquisition
A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition
 



Christian Beginnings
From Nazareth to Nicaea
 



Judges 1-12
A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
 



GIs and Germans
Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945–1949
 



Exit Berlin
How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany
 



Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah
The Unsettling History of the World’s Most Beloved Choral Work
 



The Ten Commandments
A Short History of an Ancient Text
 



A World Without Jews
The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide
 



The Poetry of Kabbalah
Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition
 



Bridge Across Broken Time
Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory
 



Alexander to Constantine
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III
 

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