By James L. Kugel
James Kugel's The Bible because it used to be (1997) has been welcomed with common compliment. the following now could be the entire scholarly version of this splendidly wealthy and illuminating paintings, increasing the author's findings into an incomparable reference paintings. targeting dozen middle tales within the Pentateuch--from the production and Tree of information throughout the Exodus from Egypt and trip to the Promised Land--James Kugel indicates us how the earliest interpreters of the scriptures appreciably remodeled the Bible and made it into the e-book that has come right down to us this present day. Kugel explains how and why the writers of this formative age of interpretation--roughly two hundred B.C.E. to one hundred fifty C.E.--assumed the sort of major position. Mining their writings--including the lifeless Sea Scrolls, works of Philo and Josephus and letters of the Apostle Paul, and writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the rabbinic Sages--he rates for us the seminal passages that discover this important interpretive method. For this full-scale reference paintings Kugel has extra a considerable treasury of resources and passages for every of the 24 Bible tales. it's going to function a distinct consultant and sourcebook for biblical interpretation.
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I have tried to illustrate some of the difficulties involved in making such a distinction in In Potiphar's House, 248-251. 15. See below, Chapter 10; see also Loader, Tale ofTwo Cities; Fraade, Enosh and His Generation. 16. " "Dualistic thinking" in his definition includes not only the polarization of humanity into good and evil or wise and foolish, but as well such dualisms as the "sons of light/sons of darkness" and "two spirits" found at Qumran. See also such texts as Sir. 15:14-20, Testament ofAsher 1:3-5, Philo, The Worse Attacks the Better 82-84, and Baer, Philo's Use of the Categories Male and Female.
10:11 is merely one formulation of an assumption that had long characterized ancient biblical interpretation. For Paul, as for all ancient interpreters, the Bible is not essentially a record of things that happened or were spoken in the past. :. 17 happened is of course true; but if they were written down in the Bible, it was not so as to record what has occurred in some distant past, but "for our instruction;' so that, by reading the sacred text whose material comes to us from the past, we might learn some vital lesson for our own lives.
What is more, the common practice of interpreters writing in Greek to refer to "Moses;' "David;' "Solomon;' and others as the authors of this or that biblical composition-without further reference to them as mere conduits of the divine word-might suggest that, for such interpreters, the biblical compositions in question were fundamentally the product of human authors, however extraordinary the humans in question might be. But this is hardly so for a great many Greek-writing interpreters (as Philo of Alexandria, for example, makes clear), and evidence of the contrary view is occasionally explicit.