in Composite Texts
|1.||The royal court, whether in Samaria or Jerusalem, would be an evident source for administrative and legal documents and historical records, as well as narratives for both entertainment and the education of courtiers.|
|2.||The temple in Jerusalem is another major source of administrative documents, literature, and law related to liturgy (cult), as well as apparently legal documents (Josiah: the law code); sacred legends, stories, and literature (ark narrative, priestly docu-|
1. E.g., the attitude evinced by Meir Sternberg: “Moreover, traditional speculations about documents and sources and twice-told tales have now piled up so high on the altar of genesis as to obscure the one remarkable fact in sight, which bears on poetics. Granting the profusion of variants that went into the making of the Bible, the fact remains that the finished discourse never introduces them as variants but rather strings them together into continuous action” (The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of Reading [Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985) 127). It is legitimate to ask whether Sternberg is demanding introductions in the form of subheads and footnotes in the finished discourse of the biblical manuscripts, or whether something more subtle might do.
2. On the concepts of competence and convention, see John Barton, Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study (London: Darton, Longman &Todd, 1984) 11–16,26–29.