Standards of (In)coherence in Ancient Jewish Literature - 10.1628/hebai-2020-0009 - Mohr Siebeck

David Andrew Teeter, William A. Tooman

Standards of (In)coherence in Ancient Jewish Literature

Jahrgang 9 () / Heft 2, S. 94-129 (36)
Publiziert 27.07.2020

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In this article, we sketch an anatomy of issues and decisions that must be navigated in any attempt to understand coherence and incoherence in ancient Jewish literature, including: the meaning of »coherence,« its relationship to »unity,« the suitability of modern standards of (in)coherence to ancient texts, and the availability of ancient standards of (in)coherence. We argue that modern perspectival representation and modern standards of literary (in)coherence are not necessarily appropriate to ancient Jewish literature, and we propose that these issues can only be properly approached after undertaking an inductive, comprehensive analysis of the ancient Jewish literature itself, in effect, learning the »ways of the text.«

David Andrew Teeter Born 1976; 2002 MA (University of Wisconsin-Madison); 2008 PhD (University of Notre Dame); 2010–11 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and Hugo Greßmann Fellow at the Theological Faculty of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; currently Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School.

William A. Tooman Born 1969; 2006 PhD; 2006–09 Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and 2009 Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Edgewood College; 2009–13 Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of St Andrews; since 2013 Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Divinity Director of Research, University of St Andrews.