Monthly Archives: April 2016

Carr-a distinction between scribes and people who could read and write

In David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart, we now move to his argument that Israel had a system of scribal education and a scribal culture comparable to what he found in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. We … Continue reading

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Carr-ancient texts as human software

David M. Carr’s book, Writing on the Tablet of the Heart is my subject. I went into perhaps more detail than needed in summarizing Carr’s survey of scribal culture and education in Mesopotamia and other parts of the Near East … Continue reading

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Carr-the extent of the Mesopotamian curriculum

After outlining the Old Babylonian educational system, David M. Carr in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart goes on to show that that system’s influence reached beyond Babylonia (located in modern Iraq) to several other places. In Syria at … Continue reading

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Carr-home schooling in Old Babylon

David M. Carr in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart talks about what we have found out about scribal education in Old Babylon and other Mesopotamian settings. The profession of scribe was passed on from father to son in … Continue reading

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New evidence about scribal activity

In regard to the question of scribal activity in ancient Israel, which is part of my discussion of the work of David M. Carr, here is a New York Times article published the other day. It is about discoveries that … Continue reading

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Carr-the purpose of unreadable old books

Today I have begun to read David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature.  I am reading the Kindle version.  So no page numbers. The documentary hypothesis about the composition of the Torah … Continue reading

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Saul, David and the Gibeonites

Often nowadays scholars take the position that much of the story of Israel in the Hebrew Bible was invented by writers hundreds of years after the fact.  One of the reasons I dissent from this is that certain passages just … Continue reading

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