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The School Tradition of the Old Testament: The Bampton Lectures for 1994

E. W. Heaton


The books of the Old Testament are often thought of as being remote and ‘primitive’. In fact, they were written by thoroughly learned men, educated in the traditional schools of ancient Israel. This book presents a fresh and enlivening case for the strong influence that this schooling must have had on the writers of the stories, poetry and proverbs of the Bible. The eight Bampton Lectures that form the first eight chapters of this book were delivered in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, UK. The topics covered are: the evidence for schools in ancient Israel; comparisons bet ... More

Keywords: behaviour, belief, Bible, doubt, Ecclesiastes, Egyptian school-books, Israeli school-books, Israeli school tradition, Job, literary style, Old Testament, Old Testament stories, pessimism, prophets, Proverbs, schools, teachers, writers of the Old Testament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198263627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. W. Heaton, author