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"Studies in Deuteronomy was compiled as a respectful tribute to
Professor C.J. Labuschagne and was presented to him on the occasion
of his 65th birthday. The choice of the book of Deuteronomy as a
fitting topic for a collection of commemorative essays reflects the
focus of Professor Labuschagne's own research on this part of the
Bible in recent years.
This volume of symposium papers examines the attribution of books
to great figures in antiquity: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Levi, Moses,
Ezekiel, Daniel and others.
The figure of King Solomon is central to our understanding of the history of Israel and Judah. This volume of collected articles brings the reader up-to-date with the latest scholarship in the field. The work consists of twenty-four chapters and provides important studies in the historical approach to Solomon and to 10th century B.C.E. Judah and Israel with archaeological surveys of the neighboring regions, sociological surveys, and literary readings of the biblical texts. With suggestions for further research and indexes.
A fresh approach to Israel's understanding of how God communicates.
The "first half of history" covers the interval between the
invention of writing in Sumer and the floruit of classical Greece.
During these two and a half millennia (ca. 3000-500 BCE), the Near
East is the primary locus of written documentation, and thus the
place where the emergence of humanity's achievements can be
followed in detail. Two centuries of persistent exploration of the
Near East have led to the recovery of much of this documentation,
and the recovery continues at an unabated pace. The discoveries
made in the field, and their interpretation in the scholarly
literature, are brought to the attention of a wide public in three
volumes, prepared by leading scholars in all the principal language
areas of the ancient Near East.
This volume deals with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and
movements from the second century BCE through the fourth century
CE. It focuses on two major themes, cosmology and eschatology; that
is, views of structure of the universe including its religious
function and interpretations of history and the future.
"Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible" deals with the way in which Judaism and its holy scriptures were viewed by nine medieval Muslim writers representing different genres of Arabic literature: Ibn Rabban al-?abar?, Ibn Qutayba, al-Ya'q?b?, Ab? Ja'far al-?abar?, al-Mas'?d?, al-Maqdis?, al-B?qill?n?, al-B?r?n? and Ibn ?azm. After an introductory chapter on the reception of Biblical materials in early Islam and a presentation of the authors under review, the book focuses on their knowledge of Judaism and the text of the Hebrew Bible, and subsequently discusses issues frequently debated between Muslims and Jews, namely, the claim that the Torah contains references to Mu?ammad, and the assertion that the Torah has been both abrogated and falsified. In the appendix, texts by Ibn Qutayba and al-Maqdis? are offered for the first time in an English translation.
This work presents a literary interpretation of Babylon in the book
of Jeremiah MT. It moves beyond historical-critical approaches,
which have long dominated Jeremiah research, and shows that
metaphor is central to a synchronic reading of the book.
"Scribes and Translators is a critical reflection on the textual
pluralism as reflected in the book of Kings.
"The Peshi?ta of Daniel" sets forth an analysis of the Syriac text of the Book of Daniel. It discusses the relationship of the Peshi?ta text of Daniel to the Hebrew/Aramaic text of this portion of Scripture, and its relationship to the Old Greek and Theodotionic versions as well. Making use of the Leiden edition of the Syriac text, it seeks to evaluate the text-critical value of the Peshi?ta of Daniel. It also describes various translation techniques employed in the Peshi?ta of Daniel and evaluates its qualities as a translation.
Biblical Hebrew grammar was until recently concentrated on the morpho-syntax within sentence boundaries. In the past few decades text-syntactic theories have been developed. At the conference "Narrative Syntax and the Hebrew Bible" (Tilburg 1996) six eminent scholars presented both a paper on Hebrew syntax and a workshop in which Exodus 19-24 or 1 Samuel 1 was studied. Both kinds of contributions are collected in this volume. They tend to lead towards one conclusion: traditional sentence-grammar and text-syntactic studies should not exclude, but include each other. The verb forms, word-order and other syntactic features need to be studied as functioning at more than one level. A combination of a morpho-syntactic study at the sentence level and a text-syntactic approach is thus defended. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.
This study on the representations of Paradise in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 2-3 and Ezekiel 28) also deals with the reception of the biblical accounts in early Jewish writings (Enochic texts, the Book of Jubilees, Qumran texts) in Rabbinics and Kabbalah, early mainstream Christianity and in early Christian apocryphal and Gnostic literature. Two further chapters are devoted to views of Paradise in the Christian Middle Ages. The volume concludes with the interpretation of Paradise in John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost,"
This comparative analysis examines the Islamic and Jewish exegetical narratives ?ad?th/qi?a? al-anbiy?' and midrash aggadah] on the early life of the forefather Abraham. It reveals how the traditions utilized one another's materials in creating and re-creating the patriarch in their own image. Each chapter examines a particular motif in Abraham's development, from the prophecy surrounding his birth to his discovery of God and polemics with pagans to his salvation in the fiery furnace of Chaldea. Indexes of the more salient rabbinic or Islamic texts follow at the end of each chapter. The work is particularly valuable for scholars of rabbinics and Islamicists alike; it challenges earlier scholarship by revealing that the Islamic and Jewish exegetical traditions were not entirely distinct traditions but were intertextually related, mutually giving and receiving ideas.
This book contains the updated papers of an international symposium "The Qur'an as Text" which was held at the University of Bonn in November 1993. This collection intends to break away from the 19th-century paradigm of "influences," which seems largely exhausted but still dominates Qur'anic studies. Instead, this collection focuses on the literary, the intertextual and the receptional aspects of the Qur'anic text. A new approach to the holy book of Islam in the light of modern hermeneutics which is based on modern methods of literary history, text-linguistics, and aesthetics can open the door for a new and more adequate understanding of the Qur'an, its role for Islamic religion, and its unique place in the history of world religions today.
This work is both an introduction to the genre of classical "tafs?r and a detailed study of one of its major architects, al-Tha?lab? (d. 427/1035).The book offers a detailed study of the hermeneutical principles that governed al-Tha?lab?'s approach to the Qur??n, principles whichbecame the norm in later exegetical works.It is divided into three main sections; the first outlines the life and times of the author; the second is a detailed study of his major exegetical work, "al-Kashf; the third charts a brief history of the genre of "tafs?rthrough documenting the reactions of later exegetes to "al-Kashf.This work brings together material never examined before and tries to offer a new way of understanding the history of classical Qur??n exegesis.
Printing the Talmud: Complete Editions, Tractates and Other Works, and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century through the 18th Century is a profusely illustrated major work describing the complete editions of the Talmud printed from about 1650 to slightly after 1800. Apart from the intrinsic value of those editions, their publication was often contentious due to disputes, often bitter, between rival publishers, embroiling rabbis and communities throughout Europe. The cities and editions encompassed include Amsterdam, Frankfort am Main, Frankfurt on the Oder, Prague, and Sulzbach. This edition of Printing the Talmud addresses these editions as an opening to discuss the history of the subject presses, their other titles and their general context in Jewish history.
Republication of Arthur Jeffery's important study, "The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'?n," offers a new generation of scholars and students access to this foundational text. Arranged in Arabic alphabetical order, Jeffery's compendium of philological scholarship remains an indispensable tool for any serious study of Qur'?nic semantics. Drawing upon etymological examination of languages such as Greek, Persian, Syriac, Ethiopic, Coptic and Nabataean, Jeffery's work illuminates the rich linguistic texture of Islam's holy book. His lengthy introductory essay explores the exegetical analysis offered by medieval Muslim commentators as well as the insights provided by more recent research.
An appreciation of the form and artistry of texts is essential to the understanding of their content, and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of biblical poetry. But poetic form is also worthy of appreciation in its own right, and as the studies in this collection show, Hebrew poetry can be seen as a monument to the literary-artistic achievement of the ancients. Great strides have been made in the investigation of the form and structure of the biblical texts, and no new study of the Hebrew Bible can afford to ignore the fruitful work that has been done in this field. This useful collection presents in a handy format an ample harvest of research by many of the world's leading Hebrew Bible scholars who have published their work in the pages of "Vetus Testamentum" in recent decades. It provides a fascinating reflection of the continuing new discoveries of the richness of the biblical text, which informs the lively present-day study of the Hebrew Bible as world literature.
The bilingual (Aramaic-Hebrew) concordance to the Targum of the
Prophets is the product of an international project based in the
Theological University of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands,
Kampen (ThUK) and supported by the Netherlands Organization for
Scientific Research (NWO). With this publication a major research
tool becomes available to those engaged in Biblical and Jewish
The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some
see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for
worldwide Islamic supremacy.
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