Monday, 27 June 2016
Cultural Memory Procedures IV
Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 18
The fourth cultural memory formation technique that Jan Assmann points out in Deuteronomy is keeping and publishing.
Storing up and publication: the law is to be written on plaster and thereby be made permanent and accessible: "And it shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan into the land which the L-rd your G-d gives you, that you shall set up four yourselves great stones, and plaster them with plaster; and you shall write upon them all the words of this law, when you have passed over ... And it shall be when you have passed over Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster tthem with plaster ... Amd you shall write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly (27:2-8).