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Education In Ancient Israel: Across the Deadening Silence
James L. Crenshaw

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Format: Hardcover, 320pp.
ISBN: 0385468911
Publisher: Doubleday
Pub. Date: September 15, 1998

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Going to schol takes on a whole new meaning in this detailed study of education in biblical times. In this groundbreaking new book, distinguished scholar James L. Crenshaw investigates both the pragmatic hoes and the philisophical whys of education in ancient Israel and its surroundings. Knowledge was gained, according to Ecclesiastes and Proverbs, not only by patient observation and listening, but through communication with Wisdom, the feminine incarnation of the Divine. Drawing upon a broad range of sources, Crenshaw explores this religious dimension of education in ancient Israel, demonstrating how the practice of teaching and learning was transformed into the supreme act of worship.


"James Crenshaw has established himself as our primary authority on the wisdom traditions of the Hebrew Bible. It is clear, given his great learning, that he has spent his entire life getting ready to write this volume. There is no doubt that this book will be a benchmark and point of reference for all subsequent study. Crenshaw sees that education in ancient Israel was determinedly moral education. Among other things, the book teems with hints and implications concerning the issue of moral eduacation in our own time. In our crisis we are relearning about character formation; Crenshaw has much to teach us."
—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Drawing upon years of research and reflection, Crenshaw has written what others deem impossible: a full-lenght contextual study of education in ancient Israel. This remarkable achievement tempers the deadening silence of ideaology with eloquent words inviting readers to acquire wisdom.""
—Phyllis Trible, Wake Forest University Divinity School

"Like all great wisdom literature, Education in Ancient Israel conveys its lessons with a light and deft touch. James Crenshaw synthesizes a generation of scholarship in straightforward and readable prose. Student and scholar alike will benefit from Professor Crenshaw's authoritative yet easy voice.""
—Burton L. Vistozky, Jewish Theological Seminary

"Education in Ancient Israel offers an unusually wide and diverse view of this complex and difficult subject. What was worth knowing, for the ancient Israelite sages, and how could things be known; how was knowledge passed on to the next generation, and where and in what forms did learning take place - these are just some of the fundamental questions that Crenshaw explores in his new book. His answers are often insightful and provocative, and based on a broad range of sources, centering on the wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible, but taking in, also, Classical world. Crenshaw has put it all together in clear, fluent prose that will be accessible to lay and specialist readers alike. In sum, a substantial contribution by one of the major scholars working today on biblical wisdom literature.""
—Peter Machinist, Harvard University


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Chapter One: Literacy
Chapter Two: The Contemplative Life
Chapter Three: Schools in Ancient Israel
Chapter Four: The Acquisition of Knowledge
Chapter Five: Resistance to Learning
Chapter Six: The Missig Voice
Chapter Seven: Language for Intellectual Achievement
Chapter Eight: A Literary Canon
Chapter Nine: Knowledge as Human Discovery and as Divine Gift
Chapter Ten: Probing the Unknown: Knowledge and the Sacred

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