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Contents Introduction The Voice from Sinai [1,582] Chapter 1 Sacred Words, Sacred Book [13,745] "Thus Spake Yahweh..." What is the Bible? "Then the Lord Said..." What is the New Testament? "Recite! In the Name of God..." What is the Quran? Chapter 2 Book Shaping: The Making of a Canon [18,072] From Biblia to Book The Making of a "New" Testament "Old" and "New" in the Covenant The Collection of the Quran Chapter 3 Reciters, Rhapsodes, and Scribes: How the Bible Reached Us [10,137] The Matter of Authorship The Higher Criticism of the Bible Composing and Performing The Scribes From Recitation to Writing Authors Behind the Authors Enter J, E and Company The Writing Begins Jeremiah Who "Wrote" the Books? Writing in Scripture The Levites The Masoretes Chapter 4 The Reporters: The Good News and How We Got It [5,787] Jesus: The Setting The Gospels Extracting Q Dating the Gospels John The Gospels as Documents From Aramaic to Greek New Approaches Community Authorship Paul and the Rest The Apocryphal Gospels Thomas and His Twin Chapter 5. The Poet in Performance: The Composition of the Quran [13,111] Biography and the Quran Approaching the Quran The Cultural Environment Writing the Quran Oral Poetry and the Quran The Bible in the Quran Muhammad, Poet and Performer The Revelations The Oral Performance A Change in Style The Writing Down of the Quran Writing in Arabia Some Other Possibilities Uthman or Later? In Sum Chapter 6. The Book in Mortal Hands [15,267] The Word Made Flesh: Books and Book-Making in the Ancient World Book and Scroll Searching the Scriptures From Notebooks to Books The Christians Adopt the Codex Toward a Standard Edition? The Shape of the Page: Chapter and Verse Dividing the Text Marking the Text Suras and Ayas The Sacramental Text Sefer Torah: Torahs and Their Arks Washing Their Hands of the Christians A Matter of Etiquette: The Book in Our Hands Chapter 7. In Other Words [12,093] The Loss of God's Tongue Targums and Methurgemans Scripture for the Hellenized: The Septuagint Origen: Multi-Tasking the Bible From Old Latin to the Vulgate Hebraica Veritas and the Latin West The Polyglot Enter the Humanists Translating the Untranslatable Quran Chapter 8: Picturing the Word [11,511] The Rabbis and the Second Commandment Adorning and Illustrating the Hebrew Bible Christian Images Icons and Iconoclasm The Bible With Pictures Printing With Pictures The Reformation and Images The Word Un-pictured: Islam and Images Drawing in the Book Chapter 9: Giving Voice to the Word [13,805] Talking Back to God Reading through the Torah The Scripture in Church Praying the Quran The Scripture as Libretto The Cantorial Scripture The Divine Office The Art of Qira Epilogue: Three Books Side By Side [2,370] Glossary List of Illustrations and Sources Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Monotheism -- Comparative studies.
Judaism -- Sacred books.
Christianity -- Sacred books.
Islam -- Sacred books.