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The Old Testament: A Literary History

The Old Testament

A Literary History

Konrad Schmid (Author)


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Renowned Hebrew Bible scholar Konrad Schmid here provides a comprehensive discussion of the task, history, and conditions of the history of Old Testament literature. He carefully considers the dynamics of language, orality, literacy, and the range of social and political conditions that shaped Israel's writing at each period of the people's history and explores the significance of the transformation of various writings into "Scripture" and a biblical canon.

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780800697754
  • Pages 336
  • Course Level Graduate
  • Textbook Survey Texts
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date February 1, 2012


"I am glad to see Fortress publish this translation of Konrad Schmid's valuable The Old Testament: A Literary History. Schmid reads widely, organizes the entire corpus of Israelite literature into a sequence of historical periods, is informed by the most recent research in both German and English, and is concerned to make the biblical text more accessible in its development: a valuable and well-written resource."
—Bernard M. Levinson
University of Minnesota

"This book offers a much needed synthesis of historical scholarship on the Hebrew Bible by one of Europe's leading Old Testament scholars. Schmid possesses remarkable knowledge of both European and North American biblical scholarship, and he guides the reader through each period of literary history with balance and an eye for the whole."
David Carr
Union Theological Seminary, New York