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Trees and Kings

A S(W)ord against Babylon

Trees and Kings by Williarm R. Osborne

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The Old Testament prophets did not hesitate to use the rhetorical conventions accessible to them when delivering their sermons of salvation and judgment. One source of comparison used frequently in the prophets and widely throughout the ancient Near East is the image of a tree. In Trees and Kings, William Osborne evaluates the cultural and cognitive setting that potentially gave rise to this figurative tree imagery, drawing on both comparative study with ancient Near Eastern tree imagery and the cognitive-linguistic approach to m . . . (more)

A S(W)ord against Babylon by Kristofer D. Holroyd

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How are we to study complex speech acts such as the text of Jeremiah? How can understanding these complex speech acts both shed light on the larger text and the smaller text portions and reveal how a larger text employs smaller texts within a more complex speech act? In A (S)Word against Babylon, Holroyd proposes a multilevel speech act approach and demonstrates it with the oracle against Babylon in MT Jeremiah.

This study endeavors to expand the works of Walter Houston, Jim Adams, and Steven Mann by further exploring indi . . . (more)

Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel

The Completion of Judges

Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel by Heath D. Dewrell

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Among the many religious acts condemned in the Hebrew Bible, child sacrifice stands out as particularly horrifying. The idea that any group of people would willingly sacrifice their own children to their god(s) is so contrary to modern moral sensibilities that it is difficult to imagine that such a practice could have ever existed. Nonetheless, the existence of biblical condemnation of these rites attests to the fact that some ancient Israelites in fact did sacrifice their children. Indeed, a close reading of the evidence—biblical, arch . . . (more)

The Completion of Judges by David J. H. Beldman

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The last five chapters of the book of Judges (chs. 17–21) contain some shocking and bizarre stories, and precisely how these stories relate to the rest of the book is a major question in scholarship on the book. Leveraging work from literary studies and hermeneutics, Beldman reexamines Judges 17–21 with the aim of discerning the "strategies of ending" that are at work in these chapters. The author identifies and describes a number of strategies of ending in Judges 17–21, including the strategy of completion, the strate . . . (more)

 
Making Sense of the Divine Name in the Book of Exodus
Adam and Eve Story in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

Making Sense of the Divine Name in the Book of Exodus

by Austin Surls

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The obvious riddles and difficulties in Exod 3:13–15 and Exod 6:2–8 have attracted an overwhelming amount of attention and comment. These texts make important theological statements about the divine name YHWH and the contours of the divine character. From the enigmatic statements in Exod 3:13–15, most scholars reconstruct the original form of the name as “Yahweh,” which is thought to describe YHWH’s creative power or self-existence. Similarly, Exod 6:3 has become a classic proof-text for the Documentary Hypothesis and an indication of d . . . (more)

"And Inscribe the Name of Aaron"

Edited by Yigal Levin and Ber Kotlerman

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From the Foreword:

Some twenty years ago, Professor Aaron Demsky was on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University, visiting colleagues and friends. At the time, I was writing my dissertation at Hopkins under the direction of P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., the W. F. Albright Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Kyle said to me, "There is someone I want you to meet." Within moments, I was conversing with Aaron Demsky. I am certain that we conversed about the Bible and epigraphy, but I must confess that I do not reme . . . (more)

Adam and Eve Story in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives

Edited by Antti Laato and Lotta Valve

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In August 2014 a conference was organized in Turku with the topic "Where are you, Adam? A New Understanding of Adam in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Context." The conference was a part of a research project which was funded by the Academy of Finland during the years 2013–2017. Almost 30 papers were presented in the conference and they, together with two other papers, are published in the volumes SRB 7 and 8. This volume, SRB 8, Adam and Eve Story in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Perspectives, consists of the papers that are relat . . . (more)

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