JHS - Article - M. Garsiel on Samuel: Composition, Structure and Signficance as a Historiographic Source
- Dear all,
I am glad to announce the recent publication of another article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org)
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 5 (2010)
Moshe Garsiel, "The Book of Samuel: Its Composition, Structure and Significance as a Historiographical Source."
The book of Samuel contains ancient and original materials, and both main versions were composed as early as the tenth century BCE. But the earlier of the two versions was edited and integrated within the latter enlarged one, and eventually lost its separate existence. Despite some late additions, minor changes, and even copyists' errors; despite the slight and limited interventions of the Deuteronomistic editorial work; and despite the difference in the theological and social agenda of its two earlier authors, the book of Samuel in its last version still remains the earliest comprehensive source which integrates various original documents and testimonies of ancient time and especially of the transition from the period of the Judges to the period of the united monarchy.
To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_133.pdf
The printed version of volume 8 (2008) has been released by Gorgias Press. For information please go to http://www.gorgiaspress.com/BOOKSHOP/pc-56678-10-ben-zvi-ehud-perspectives-on-hebrew-scriptures-v.aspx
For information about the other volumes, please go to
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The Logos version of volume 8 of the journal is being prepared.
Ehud Ben Zvi
History and Classics
University of Alberta
2-28 HM Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4
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