Van Der Toorn, president of the University of Amsterdam, and scholar of ancient religion, has invested much energy in delineating the world of the scribe of the ancient Near East, and from that work has created a view of how that may have influenced the creation of the Hebrew Bible. He draws from Egyptian and Mesopotamian parallels, of which considerable information is available and applies it to Israel, where almost nothing is known outside of the Bible itself. Perhaps not surprisingly, the result describes the “scribal culture” of the University as much as any world of the past.
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