Tag Archives: David M. Carr

Na’amen-the palace library as source for David’s story

I have read some books about King David.  Some of them treat him as an elusive historical figure.  Some treat him more as a literary invention. This has caused me to focus on the question of where the composers of … Continue reading

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Scribes-writing for performance

I have challenged myself to think about what the most significant idea was that came from my reading in 2016. My answer is the notion in David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart that ancient scribes wrote to facilitate … Continue reading

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Carr-implications

Some implications of David M. Carr’s approach to the Bible as a text in continuity with other ancient long-duration texts get drawn out in his conclusion to Writing on the Tablet of the Heart. Before mentioning some of those implications … Continue reading

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Carr-oral to text with rabbis and evangelists

I am close to the end of David M. Carr’s Writing on the Tablet of the Heart. He has covered a lot of territory, from Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek scribal culture through the evidence for the beginnings of writing in Israel, … Continue reading

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Carr-synagogue, scripture and the Hasmonean spin

David M. Carr has a chapter in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart about the broadening of textuality in late second Temple Judaism due to the synagogue.   Philo, Josephus,  4 Ezra, and New Testament all testify to importance of the synagogue … Continue reading

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Carr-Qumran

The Dead Sea Scroll found near Qumran are still being studied and new ones are being published. So, even though the scrolls have been part of the background for biblical studies since they were found in 1948, the results are … Continue reading

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Carr-priest-centered textuality

David M. Carr in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart seemed to me to get repetitious toward the end of his section on textuality and education in Ancient Israel.  So I will just state what I take to be … Continue reading

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