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Donne, J. Expostulation Salzburg: Salzburg Studies in English Literature. Duncan-Jones, K. A defence of poetry. In Miscellaneous prose of Sir Philip Sidney p. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Frye, N. Anatomy of criticism. The great code: The Bible and literature.


New York: Harvest. Words with power: Being the second study of The Bible and Literature. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovitch. Gottschall, J. The tree of knowledge and Darwinian literary study. Philosophy and Literature , Herbert, G. The Holy Scriptures 2. In The poetical works of George Herbert p.

New York: D. Hiebert, T. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Hillel, D. The natural history of the Bible: An environmental exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures. New York: Columbia University Press. Marx, S. So he refers to Psalms as the first book, the law of the prophets and the Psalm. And then he refers to Chronicles as the conclusion of the Scriptures.

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Jon: Is the Ketuvim have been kind of like junk drawer a little bit? Because it's not as much a unifying factor as the law. The Torah is all the books of Moses. Then you've got the prophetic books, it's history and the prophets. But then you've got this eclectic group. You've gotten Psalms, which is poetry, Job, poetry, Proverbs are proverbs, ancient Wisdom. Then in here is Ruth, which is history. Tim: A section from earlier in Israel story.

Jon: Yeah. Song of Songs is like romance poetry.

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Tim: Yeah, right. Jon: Ecclesiastes is poetry. So we've got mostly poetry and some wisdom. Jon: Okay. I can get down with that. Then Lamentations, more poetry. But now we've got more history and history and history.

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Tim: Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Jon: Then there's random book, which is like a The Chronicles is all the history again? At a first glance, it looks like the kitchen junk drawer, but remember literary genius.

Jon: There's no junk drawer. Tim: There's not one word in this whole thing that's unintentionally placed. Before we come back to what the Ketuvim is and represents, we got to back up. This is a collection of scrolls. In Hebrew Bible, they didn't have books. Jon: Yeah, it wasn't bound together. Tim: So this is a collection of scrolls that is being viewed and referred to as a unified three-part whole.

And all these different authors, all these different sectors of Judaism; Jesus up in Galilee, Dead Sea Scrolls, former priest by the Dead Sea, you have a wisdom teacher in Jerusalem. You have all these different Jewish philosophers down in Egypt, and they all have this sense of a three-part shape to the Bible, even though they've only ever encountered it in the form of an individual scroll.

Jon: That's good to think about. That's helpful for me. Because they never had everything bound together, so they never had someone go, "Hey, let's go through the table of context together. Jon: The Codex? Tim: Post Christian. Yeah, it's called the Codex. Jon: So, they had these really long scrolls and they would roll them up— Tim: If you've ever seen the Dead Sea Scrolls, that's great representative example.

They're made of animal skin, parchment leather for the most part. Jon: These long leather animal skin scrolls?

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Tim: Scrolls. Jon: Would they be stitched together or something like that? Tim: Yeah, stitched? Then they'd roll them up, and one book would be on there, or would a book be broken up to many scrolls? Tim: It depends. Mostly it would be the individual books of the Hebrew Bible corresponded to a scroll.

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Jon: A single scroll? You don't get all the books of the five books of the Torah on single scrolls until a later period in Judaism. And you call it a Torah scroll. Jon: So I'm imagining as an ancient Jew, and I have access to a collection of scrolls— Tim: Which would be not very many people. It would be like your synagogue.

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  4. Jon: Yeah, not very many people. Tim: Your synagogue. Jon: And you got to put them in some sort of order. And traditionally, people are like, 'Okay, these five scrolls, this is a set, this is a collection, and that's the Torah. And then these Tim: It's 4 plus 15 days. Jon: So you'd have this collection of 19 scrolls? Tim: Actually, sorry. The minor prophets were always connected on one scroll.

    Jon: Oh, okay. So it'd only be— Tim: The four scrolls of the prophets. Let's see. Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, would each be one. And then it would be four more: Isaiah. Ezekiel, and the Eight scrolls. Jon: So you'd have these five scrolls— Tim: Five scrolls. Then eight scrolls are the first.