William A. Tooman (St Andrews)


A great deal of academic concentration has been directed toward the redaction and rewriting of ancient Jewish literature, specifically their implications for the textual and intellectual history of ancient Judaism. Rather less focus has been placed on the repercussions of redaction and rewriting on reading: the degree to which rewriting anticipates that readers will be re-readers. This paper explores evidence that rereading is a requirement of much ancient Jewish literature (Hebrew Bible in particular), and it addresses the implication of this expectation for the dynamics of reading and the construction of meaning.