Tag Archives: scribes

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-the role of texts as curriculum

It is easy to get lost in David M. Carr’s wide ranging discussion of the contents of the Hebrew Bible in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart. He has many interesting insights. But we need to remember that his … Continue reading

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Carr-mouth and scroll in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah

David M. Carr in Writing on the Tablet of the Heart demonstrates how Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History (DH) in Joshua-2 Kings hold the oral and the written together. Deuteronomy has much in common with wisdom literature. In the first … Continue reading

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Carr-how early was scribal education in Israel?

David M. Carr in his book Writing on the Tablet of the Heart shows that there is much evidence for primary level scribal education in Israel going all the way back to the twelfth century B.C.E. This evidence comes from … Continue reading

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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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