Theology

Timothy J. Stone

The Compilational History of the Megilloth

Canon, Contoured Intertextuality and Meaning in the Writings

[Die Redaktionsgeschichte der Bücher Megillot. Kanon, geformte Intertextualität und Sinngehalt der Schriften.]

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Are the books of the »Megilloth« an anthology of unrelated writings? Timothy J. Stone explores the canonical shape of the third part of the Hebrew canon, the Writings, and concludes that the codification of the »Megilloth« into a collection is integral to the canonical process.
Timothy J. Stone explores the canonical shape of the third part of the Hebrew canon, the Writings, challenging the common assumption that the collection is an anthology of unrelated books. First he analyzes the formation and various orders for the Writings in antiquity. Conceptions of sacred literature differed in Judaism, but within temple circles, the Writings and the Hebrew canon were likely solidified prior to the end of the first century. Despite the consensus that there are a large number of orders for the Writings, there is only evidence of the Masoretic and the Talmudic orders prior to the twelfth century. Stone also examines the books of the »Megilloth« for signs of their compilation, especially Ruth and Esther. He concludes that the codification of the »Megilloth« into a collection is integral to the canonical process and preserved in the shape of the Writings' ancient arrangements.
Authors/Editors

Timothy J. Stone Born 1977; 2000 BA in Biblical Studies from Cairn University (PA); 2004 MA in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College (IL); 2010 PhD in Old Testament from St Mary's College, University of St Andrews (UK); since 2012 lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Zomba Theological College, Zomba, Malawi.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 58 (2014), S. 453
In: Review of Biblical Literature — www.bookreviews.org (3/2016) (James R. Blankenship)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 126 (2014), S. 470 (M. Wissemann)
In: Reviews in Religion & Theology — 21 (2014), S. 398–401 (Ashley E. Lyon)
In: Biblische Notizen — 175 (2017), S. 148–149 (Marie-Theres Wacker)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 205–207 (Beate Ego)
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 57 (2014), S. 599–602 (Ched Spellman)
In: Journal of Theological Studies — 66 (2015), S. 716–718 (Brittany N. Melton)
In: Arbeitskreis f.Evangelikale Theologie — 30 (2016), S. 221–223 (Gunnar Begerau)
In: Journal of Jewish Studies — 67 (2016), S. 422–424 (Stefan C. Reif)