Literary Studies In The Hebrew Bible...

This volume focuses on some major issues in biblical research. In the studies collected in this volume, the author aims at highlighting salient literary modes which can be identified the books of the Hebrew Bible.

PREFACE The studies in this volume focus on some major issues in biblical research to which I have given attention over several decades: The applicability of the  comparative method toward the eluci-dation of biblical modes of thought, literary problems, and textual cruces, over and against an interpretation based on insights derived intertextually from the biblical writings. The identification of specific biblical literary techniques in this endeavor to gauge pivotal aspects of the ancient Israelites concep-tual universe. In the introductory chapter, the methodological problems that inhere in the comparative approach are set out. They are then illustrated by several examples pertaining to sociopolitical institutions and theological concepts, as well as to philological and literary aspects of the biblical writings. The ensuing in- depth analyses of selected issues— the pertinence of the biblical רפאים to the Ugaritic rpu/ i( m), the mythic concept of the  navel of the earth, the ancient Israelites understanding of  revelation, the conjectured existence of a biblical national epic, and the prophets presumed propaga-tion of a  desert ideal— culminate in findings that differ substantially from the views on these matters that prevail in contemporary biblical scholarship. These studies underpin the proposition that by probing specific literary patterns and modes to which various biblical authors and editors repeatedly had recourse, one can elicit facets of speculative thought which the ancient Israelites entertained, but which do not find expression in the Hebrew writ-ings in systematic and comprehensive accounts. This approach is illustrated by an examination of the pivotal concept of  eschatology in relation to the biblical understanding of  history. It is here that the interplay of form and content comes into full view. In this context, I highlight some prominent techniques that biblical writ-ers applied in the structuralization of larger literary units. The  resumptive repetition enabled a writer to preserve, in his necessarily one- dimensional 7 Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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Front Matter Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface Contents THE COMPARATIVE METHOD INBIBLICAL INTERPRETATION: PRINCIPLES AND PROBLEMSI. General ObservationsII. Sociopolitical Institutions III. Philological and Literary Aspects IV. ConclusionTHE NAVEL OF THE EARTH'' AND THE COMPARATIVE METHOD BIBLICAL ????? AND UGARITIC RPU/I(M) DID THERE EXIST A BIBLICAL NATIONAL EPIC? THE PRESENTATION OF SYNCHRONEITY AND SIMULTANEITY IN BIBLICAL NARRATIVE POLEMICS AND APOLOGY IN BIBLICAL HISTORIOGRAPHY: 2 KINGS 17:24-41 ESCHATOLOGY AND HISTORY IN BIBLICAL THOUGHTTHE CONCEPT OF REVELATION IN BIBLICAL TIMES THE DESERT MOTIF IN THE BIBLE AND IN QUMRAN LITERATURE WISDOM IN THE BOOK OF ESTHERBack Matter INDICESSOURCESHEBREW BIBLEGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy JoshuaJudgesI Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 KingsIsaiahJeremiahEzekielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiPsalmsProverbRuthCanticlesQoheletLamentationsEsther DanielNehemiah1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesAPOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHAQUMRAN MANUSCRIPTSRABBINIC LITERATURETALMUDMIDRASHAUTHORSANCIENT AUTHORSLIST OF ABBREVIATIONSACKNOWLEDGEMENTSBack Flap
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