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Resurrection, Hell and the Afterlife: Body and Soul in Antiquity, Judaism and Early Christianity

Resurrection, Hell and the Afterlife: Body and Soul in Antiquity, Judaism and Early Christianity

1st Edition

Mark Finney
February 12, 2018

This book begins by arguing that early Greek reflection on the afterlife and immortality insisted on the importance of the physical body whereas a wealth of Jewish texts from the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism and early (Pauline) Christianity understood post-mortem existence to be that of the...

Transforming Literature into Scripture: Texts as Cult Objects at Ninevah and Qumran

Transforming Literature into Scripture: Texts as Cult Objects at Ninevah and Qumran

1st Edition

Russell Hobson
May 24, 2017

Transforming Literature into Scripture examines how the early textual traditions of ancient Israel - stories, laws, and rituals - were transformed into sacred writings. By comparing evidence from two key collections from antiquity - the royal library at Nineveh and the biblical manuscripts from the...

Ecclesiastes and the Riddle of Authorship

Ecclesiastes and the Riddle of Authorship

1st Edition

Thomas M. Bolin
April 04, 2017

In Ecclesiastes, the authorial voice of Qohelet presents an identity that has challenged readers for centuries. This book offers a reception history of the different ways readers have constructed Qohelet as an author. Previous reception histories of Ecclesiastes group readings into "premodern" and...

Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts: Volume 2

Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts: Volume 2

1st Edition

Ian Young, Robert Rezetko, Martin Ehrensvärd
November 30, 2016

Since the beginning of critical scholarship biblical texts have been dated using linguistic evidence. Until now there has been no introduction to and comprehensive overview of the field. Volume 2 of Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts contains an extensive overview of dates attributed to different...

The Love of David and Jonathan: Ideology, Text, Reception

The Love of David and Jonathan: Ideology, Text, Reception

1st Edition

James E. Harding
January 21, 2016

Were David and Jonathan 'gay' lovers? This very modern question lies behind the recent explosion of studies of the David and Jonathan narrative. Interpreters differ in their assessment of whether 1 and 2 Samuel offer a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. Beneath the conflict of...

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity: A Social Identity Approach

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity: A Social Identity Approach

1st Edition

Raimo Hakola
April 20, 2015

Reconsidering Johannine Christianity presents a full-scale application of social identity approach to the Johannine writings. This book reconsiders a widely held scholarly assumption that the writings commonly taken to represent Johannine Christianity – the Gospel of John and the First, Second and...

Mark and its Subalterns: A Hermeneutical Paradigm for a Postcolonial Context

Mark and its Subalterns: A Hermeneutical Paradigm for a Postcolonial Context

1st Edition

David Joy
September 12, 2014

This book offers a fresh appraisal of the identity and involvement of the subalterns in Mark, arguing that the presence of the subalterns in Mark is a possible hermeneutical tool for re-reading the Bible in a postcolonial context like India. Part I paves the way for a creative discussion on Mark...

Queer Theory and the Prophetic Marriage Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible

Queer Theory and the Prophetic Marriage Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible

1st Edition

Stuart Macwilliam
September 03, 2014

The Hebrew Bible offers a metaphor of marriage that portrays men and women as complementary, each with their distinct and 'natural' roles. Queer Theory and the Prophetic Marriage Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible draws on contemporary scholarship to critique this hetero-normativity. The book examines...

Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts: Vol 1

Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts: Vol 1

1st Edition

Ian Young, Robert Rezetko
September 01, 2014

First Published in 2014. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company....

Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition: Essays in Honour of Maurice Casey

Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition: Essays in Honour of Maurice Casey

1st Edition

James G. Crossley
August 28, 2014

Contemporary Gospel studies have recently taken increasing interest in the Jewish context of Jesus and the gospels. Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition offers an overview of the ways in which Judaism is used in the canonical gospels and how this relates to the idea of a 'Jewish...

Opening the Books of Moses

Opening the Books of Moses

1st Edition

Diana V. Edelman, Philip R. Davies, Christophe Nihan, Thomas Romer
August 28, 2014

Opening the Books of Moses presents an introduction to the first five books of the Bible. It is written for any student engaged in the scholarly study of these most central of biblical texts. The aim throughout is to examine the books with a view to illuminating the ideas, beliefs and experiences...

The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia: Being a Phoenician, Negotiating Empires

The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia: Being a Phoenician, Negotiating Empires

1st Edition

Vadim S. Jigoulov
August 28, 2014

Even though the Persian period has attracted a fair share of scholarly interest in recent years, as yet no concerted effort has been attempted to construct a comprehensive social history of Phoenician city-states as an integral part of the Achaemenid empire. This monograph explores the evidence...

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