redactor

Most biblical texts have experienced a process of traditional transmission to reach their final form. The people who edited them are called redactors. Since redactor means much the same as "editor" this usage underlines the way they may have used already existing material (cf. "author" a person who themself composes). Some biblical books, like Kings and Proverbs, indicate some of their sources. However, since most of the Hebrew Bible was produced by such a process, and since redactors both shaped and added to the tradition as they passed it on they are in a real sense the "authors" of the books in their final (canonical) form.


This page is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos,

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