Table of Contents

Introduction / Brian B. Schmidt.
Levantine literacy ca. 1000-750 BCE / André Lemaire.
Literacy in the Negev of the late monarchial period / Nadav Naʼaman.
Scribal curriculum during the First Temple period: epigraphic Hebrew and biblical evidence / Christopher A. Rollston.
Memorializing conflict: toward an Iron Age "shadow" history of Israel's earliest literature / Brian B. Schmidt.
Let the stones speak! Document production by Iron Age West Semitic scribal institutions and the question of biblical sources / Jessica Whisenant.
Orality, textuality, and memory: the state of biblical studies / David M. Carr.
The performance of oral tradition in ancient Israel / Robert D. Miller II.
Text criticism as a lens for understanding the transmission of ancient texts in their oral environments / Raymond F. Person Jr..
Oral substratum, language usage, and thematic flow in the Abraham-Jacob narrative / Frank H. Polak.
Royal letters and Torah scrolls: the place of Ezra-Nehemiah in scholarly narratives of scripturalization / Elsie Stern.
The "literarization" of the biblical prophecy of doom / James M. Bos.
What if there aren't any empirical models for Pentateuchal criticism? / Seth L. Sanders.
Scripturalization in ancient Judah / William M. Schniedewind.
Hebrew culture at the "interface between the written and the oral" / Joachim Schaper. Situated historically between the invention of the alphabet, on the one hand, and the creation of ancient Israel's sacred writings, on the other, is the emergence of literary production in the ancient Levant. In this timely collection of essays by an international cadre of scholars, the dialectic between the oral and the written, the intersection of orality with literacy, and the advent of literary compositions are each explored as a prelude to the emergence of what would become the biblical writings of ancient Israel and Judah. Contributors also examine a range of relevant topics including scripturalization, the compositional dimensions of orality and textuality as they engage biblical poetry, prophecy, and narrative along with their antecedents, and the ultimate autonomy of the written in early Israel..
The contributors are James M. Bos, David M. Carr, André Lemaire, Robert D. Miller II, Nadav Na aman, Raymond F. Person Jr., Frank H. Polak, Christopher A. Rollston, Seth L. Sanders, Joachim Schaper, Brian B. Schmidt, William M. Schniedewind, Elsie Stern, and Jessica Whisenant.