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The Personification of Wisdom

The Personification of Wisdom

Alice M. Sinnott
May 16, 2017

This book examines the personification of Wisdom as a female figure - a central motif in Proverbs, Job, Sirach, Wisdom and Baruch. Alice M. Sinnott identifies how and why the complex character of Wisdom was introduced into the Israelite tradition, and created and developed by Israelite/Jewish...

Mythology and Lament: Studies in the Oracles about the Nations

Mythology and Lament: Studies in the Oracles about the Nations

John B. Geyer
February 27, 2017

The oracles about the nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel originate in the ancient Laments. Ultimately, they were preserved because of their relevance to the Year of Jubilee, with its origins in the New Year Festival; this study illuminates their intention. In Mythology and Lament, John Geyer...

Saul and the Monarchy: A New Look

Saul and the Monarchy: A New Look


February 27, 2017

The negative biblical presentation of King Saul of Israel has been biased in favour of David at the expense of Saul. This book presents a more positive picture and more realistic view of the culture of the period extending from Saul to the schism. Simcha Shalom Brooks explores a number of...

'The Unconquered Land' and Other Old Testament Essays: Selected Studies by Rudolf Smend

'The Unconquered Land' and Other Old Testament Essays: Selected Studies by Rudolf Smend

Margaret Barker, Edward Ball
April 17, 2013

This final book published in the Ashgate SOTS monograph series collects together for the first time in English translation a selection of important essays on central themes and texts in Old Testament criticism and exegesis by Rudolf Smend, one of the world's most eminent senior scholars in the...

Text, Translation, Theology: Selected Essays on the Hebrew Bible

Text, Translation, Theology: Selected Essays on the Hebrew Bible

Bertil Albrektson
January 11, 2010

Text, translation, theology - the three nouns in the title indicate the main fields of Old Testament study which are covered in this collection of essays. Text refers both to the history of biblical texts and to problems of textual criticism. Translation of the Hebrew Bible as a philological task...

Hebrew Life and Literature: Selected Essays of Bernhard Lang

Hebrew Life and Literature: Selected Essays of Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang
December 18, 2008

Bernhard Lang, known for his contributions over several decades to biblical anthropology, offers in this volume a selection of essays on the life and literature of the ancient Hebrews. The subjects range from the Hebrew God, the world-view of the Bible, and the formation of the scriptural canon, to...

Contradiction in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel

Contradiction in the Book of Proverbs: The Deep Waters of Counsel

Peter Hatton
August 19, 2008

Despite the welcome revival of scholarly interest in Biblical Wisdom, the Book of Proverbs remains neglected. It continues to be seen as a disorganised repository of traditional banalities, while Job and Qohelet are viewed as more exciting texts, in revolt against Proverbs' conventional wisdom....

Jeremiah's Kings: A Study of the Monarchy in Jeremiah

Jeremiah's Kings: A Study of the Monarchy in Jeremiah

John Job
July 28, 2006

The book of Jeremiah has provoked a number of major commentaries in the last twenty years. Those in English differ dramatically in their conclusions about the nature of the book, and the discussion has been extended by important German work, notably by Winfried Thiel and Konrad Schmid. John Job...

'There's such Divinity doth Hedge a King': Selected Essays of Nicolas Wyatt on Royal Ideology in Ugaritic and Old Testament Literature

'There's such Divinity doth Hedge a King': Selected Essays of Nicolas Wyatt on Royal Ideology in Ugaritic and Old Testament Literature

Nicolas Wyatt
July 19, 2005

The ideology of power is as much a part of modern life as in the ancient world, in which it has its long-lasting roots. Communities have always provided a supernatural sanction for the maintenance of power by the few, often dressing it up in elaborate mythic fictions, rich iconography and complex...

Wisdom: The Collected Articles of Norman Whybray

Wisdom: The Collected Articles of Norman Whybray

Margaret Barker, Katharine J. Dell
January 20, 2005

This collection of articles confirms Norman Whybray's place as one of the foremost contributors to scholarship on wisdom literature in the last three decades of the twentieth century. A former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and winner of the British Academy's Burkitt Medal,...

Samuel at the Threshold: Selected Works of Graeme Auld

Samuel at the Threshold: Selected Works of Graeme Auld

Graeme Auld
May 28, 2004

In this book, Graeme Auld brings together his work relating to Samuel and the Former Prophets in an invaluable single volume. Including 'Prophets through the Looking Glass', which has been described as marking a paradigm shift in our thinking about the Bible's 'writing prophets', and which led the...

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