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Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative (Hardcover): Yairah Amit Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative (Hardcover)
Yairah Amit; Translated by Jonathan Chipman
R3,888 Discovery Miles 38 880 Special order

In current usage polemics is broadly defined as the practice of rhetorical persuasion or as the rhetorical presentation of an argument in dispute. The phenomenon of polemics is found throughout the whole corpus of biblical literature. In most instances the polemics is direct, but sometimes indirect, and occasionally it appears to be deliberately covert. This book is primarily concerned with exploring the phenomenon of covert polemics. Dealing first with considerations of method, definition and characterization, the study moves on to the analysis of a number of narrative texts and the uncovering of their covert polemical content. Polemics of this type is a feature of biblical writing on a range of central issues, and can be instructively isolated in texts relating to cultic locations (Beth El, Jerusalem), questions of leadership (the houses of Saul and David), community boundaries (the Samaritans) and other problems of legitimation.

Narrative Art and Poetry in the Books of Samuel - A full interpretation based on stylistic and structural analyses, Volume IV.... Narrative Art and Poetry in the Books of Samuel - A full interpretation based on stylistic and structural analyses, Volume IV. Vow and desire (I.Sam. 1-12) (Hardcover)
Jan P. Fokkelman
R5,702 Discovery Miles 57 020 Special order

"Narrative Art and Poetry in the Books of Samuel" is the vast undertaking to interpret all the material in Samuel. Everything that the text has to offer can only be understood and appreciated to the full, and its interpretation can only lay claim to full validity by means of an integral view. Therefore the author has developed a textual model which regards and covers the composition of the Samuel books as a hierarchy of twelve levels. This is the fourth and final volume of the author's integrative reading of the Samuel material in its entirety. Vow and Desire turns to the beginning of First Samuel and describes chapters 1-12. They contain the thematic basis of the whole composition by relating the crucial transition between two periods. The Judges period, represented by Eli and Samuel, is drawing to a close and the new order shows us the prophet Samuel who finds himself forced to anoint Saul as king, and thus to inaugurate the monarchy.

Women in the Damascus Document (Hardcover): Cecilia Wassen Women in the Damascus Document (Hardcover)
Cecilia Wassen
R3,326 Discovery Miles 33 260 Special order

"Women in the Damascus Document" offers a fresh look at the nature of the community reflected in the Damascus Document, one of the core documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls. By presenting a close and comprehensive study of the references to women and in-depth analyses of biblically based laws in the document, this work attempts to reconstruct the role of women and attitudes toward women within the community. Highlighting the complex nature of the evidence, the author draws attention to a number of rules that reflect a favorable attitude toward women, but also to instances of a patriarchal stance, especially regarding sexuality. Carefully considering all the evidence, the author argues, in contrast to the opinions of many scholars, that women were full members in the community. "Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)"

Qohelet in the Context of Wisdom (Paperback): A Schoors Qohelet in the Context of Wisdom (Paperback)
A Schoors
R1,536 Discovery Miles 15 360 Special order

The book of Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) has been the subject of steadily increasing attention over the last two decades. This volume contains the text of the main papers, the seminar papers and almost all short papers read at the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense 1997, in total 30 contributions written in English (18), German (8), and French (4) by authors from 13 different countries, partly aknowledged authorities on Qohelet, partly promising young scholars who have demonstrated their competence in Qohelet studies. They deal with the literary structure of Qohelet, with its central theme, its theological and philosophical teachings, its connections with Greek philosophy and its Ancient Near Eastern background, its position in the biblical canon. Also an analysis of Qohelet in terms of current linguistic and philosophical tendencies, such as deconstruction, receives attention. A number of key pericopes are put to a more thorough analysis (Peeters 1998)

Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah (2 vols.) - Studies of an Interpretive Tradition (Hardcover): Craig C. Broyles, Craig... Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah (2 vols.) - Studies of an Interpretive Tradition (Hardcover)
Craig C. Broyles, Craig A Evans
R10,539 Discovery Miles 105 390 Special order

Vol 1: This first part of a 2-volume work, this study combines recent approaches that treat the formation and early interpretation of the final form of the book of Isaiah with the more conventional historical-critical methods that treat the use of traditions by Isaiah's authors and editors. Studies investigate Isaiah's use of early sacred tradition, the editing and contextualization of oracles within the Isaianic tradition itself, and the interpretation of the book of Isaiah in later traditions (as seen in the various versions of the text and various communities). Contributors of this volume include virtually all of the major scholars of Isaiah and the leading scholars of biblical interpretation in the intertestamental, New Testament, and early Jewish periods. Vol. 2: The second part of a 2-volume work, this study combines recent approaches that treat the formation and early interpretation of the final form of the book of Isaiah with the more conventional historical-critical methods that treat the use of traditions by Isaiah's authors and editors. Studies investigate Isaiah's use of early sacred tradition, the editing and contextualization of oracles within the Isaianic tradition itself, and the interpretation of the book of Isaiah in later traditions (as seen in the various versions of the text and various communities). Contributors of this volume include virtually all of the major scholars of Isaiah and the leading scholars of biblical interpretation in the intertestamental, New Testament, and early Jewish periods .

Language and Meaning - Studies in Hebrew Language and Biblical Exegesis. Papers Read at the Joint British-Dutch Old Testament... Language and Meaning - Studies in Hebrew Language and Biblical Exegesis. Papers Read at the Joint British-Dutch Old Testament Conference Held at London, 1973 (Hardcover)
J. Barr
R3,119 Discovery Miles 31 190 Special order
Laubhutte Davids und Wolkensohn - Eine auslegungsgeschichtliche Studie zu Amos 9,11 in der judischen und christlichen Exegese... Laubhutte Davids und Wolkensohn - Eine auslegungsgeschichtliche Studie zu Amos 9,11 in der judischen und christlichen Exegese (German, Hardcover)
Sabine Naegele
R5,826 Discovery Miles 58 260 Special order

"Laubhutte Davids und Wolkensohn" deals with the history of interpretation of Amos 9: 11 - a passage which is regarded in both, Jewish and Christian tradition, as a messianic prediction. The book examines its interpretation and impact in Qumran and Rabbinic Judaism as well as in the New Testament, the Church Fathers, the Middle Ages, the Reformation and in the scientific discussion up to the present. Special emphasis is laid on (a) its usage at the Apostolic Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) and its influence on the formation of the Christian Church and (b) hitherto overlooked explicit and important interpretations of scholars such as Nicholas de Lyre, Luther, Mercerus, Miegius and Harenberg who have already made use of the rabbinic messianic interpretation of this passage. Besides, a new interpretation of Amos 9: 11-15 in its historical Old Testament context is offered.

Biblical Perspectives: Early Use and Interpretation of the Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Proceedings of the First... Biblical Perspectives: Early Use and Interpretation of the Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Proceedings of the First International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 12-14 May, 1996 (Hardcover)
Michael Stone, Esther G. Chazon
R4,639 Discovery Miles 46 390 Special order

This volume explores the use and interpretation of the Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls and associated apocryphal, early Christian and rabbinic literature.
Interpretive interests, techniques and traditions are examined in many types of ancient works: rewritten bibles, pseudepigrapha, legal codes, prayers, sapiential texts, admonitions and historical treatises.
The authors highlight the contribution of the new finds from the Judean Desert to such major issues as attitudes to the Bible and the Law in antiquity, continuity and innovation vis a vis the biblical world, common and unique dimensions of interpretation among different groups in the Second Temple and Rabbinic periods in particular, the Qumran sectarians and their opponents, New Testament authors and rabbinic Sages.

Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible - At the Interface of Hermeneutics and Structural Analysis, Volume I: Ex. 15, Deut. 32, and Job... Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible - At the Interface of Hermeneutics and Structural Analysis, Volume I: Ex. 15, Deut. 32, and Job 3 (Hardcover)
Jan P. Fokkelman
R2,897 Discovery Miles 28 970 Special order

Volume II of "Major Poems of the Hebrew Bible" deals with 85 Psalms (83 poems) and the poems in Job 4-14, and aims at presenting an integrated prosodical theory which is able to bypass the highly controversial question of metrics. There are two approaches which initially are kept apart on grounds of method: structural analysis and the counting of the original, i.e. pre-Masoretic, syllables. Each poem receives a compact description of structure which gives a reasoned delimitation of cola, verses, and strophes. In a separate operation, the syllable counts for each word, colon, verse, strophe, stanza, section and poem are recorded in a comprehensive Appendix. All the poems under discussion show a precise integer as the average of syllables per colon. For half of them this is 8.00, the others have either 7.00 or 9.00. The 9.00 is a ceiling: there is no Psalm with a higher average. Combining the two approaches, the author shows that the poets themselves did count their syllables, and how they were able to mesh the syllable figures with the structural units of their compositions in a virtuoso combination. The greatest challenge of this enterprise is to delimit and objectify the correct colometry for all the songs, as the figure of syllables per colon depends on the right amount of cola. There are only about 30 Psalms which have a cola figure that can be considered beyond doubt. Fortunately, in the Book of Job the correct number of cola is certain

Intertextuality in Ugarit and Israel - Papers Read at the Tenth Joint Meeting of The Society for Old Testament Study and Het... Intertextuality in Ugarit and Israel - Papers Read at the Tenth Joint Meeting of The Society for Old Testament Study and Het Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap in Nederland en Belgie, held at Oxford, 1997 (Hardcover)
Johannes C. De Moor
R3,398 Discovery Miles 33 980 Special order

In modern literary studies intertextuality is at the centre of interest. Although the relationship between texts has always been an important aspect of Old Testament studies, especially in literary criticism, the scale of comparison has broadened, including for example the interrelationships between the First, Second and Third Isaiah, or the whole Book of the Twelve. These relatively new approaches raise a number of methodical questions which were addressed at the Tenth Joint Meeting of the British Society for Old Testament Study and the Dutch 'Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap', held at Oxford, 22nd to 25th July 1997. Did the ancient authors have a well-defined concept of a book? How did they relate to the literary work of their predecessors and contemporaries? Can we trace the theological motifs behind their use of other literary compositions? What does an ancient version reveal about the way it interpreted its source text?
One of the problems confronting biblical scholars in this kind of research is the lack of controllable models. Therefore it is useful to study the work of the Ugaritic chief priest Ilimilku whose three major literary compositions provide us with a unique possibility to monitor intertextual relationships in the work of one and the same ancient author. Ugaritic and other ancient Near Eastern parallels help us to understand how the Priestly writer re-interpreted the Yahwistic account of the creation of mankind. Apparently intertextuality in Israel is a phenomenon which cannot properly be understood without taking other literature from the ancient world into account.

Seek to See Him - Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas (Hardcover): April D Deconick Seek to See Him - Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas (Hardcover)
April D Deconick
R4,071 Discovery Miles 40 710 Special order

This monograph represents a critical juncture in Thomas studies since it dispels the belief that the Gospel of Thomas originates from gnostic traditions. Rather, Jewish mystical and Hermetic origins are proposed and examined.
Following this analysis, the anthropogony and soteriology of Thomas are discussed. The Thomasites taught that they were the elect children of the Father, originating from the Light. The human, however, became unworthy of these luminous beginnings and was separated from the divine when Adam sinned. Now he must purify himself by leading an encratite lifestyle. He is to ascend into heaven, seeking a "visio dei which will transform him into his original immortal state and grant him citizenship in the Kingdom.

A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) (Hardcover): Donald Bruce Redford A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) (Hardcover)
Donald Bruce Redford
R2,024 Discovery Miles 20 240 Special order
The Structure of Classical Hebrew Poetry: Isaiah 40-55 (Hardcover): Marjo C.A. Korpel, Johannes C. De Moor The Structure of Classical Hebrew Poetry: Isaiah 40-55 (Hardcover)
Marjo C.A. Korpel, Johannes C. De Moor
R7,701 Discovery Miles 77 010 Special order

Exegesis starts with the delimitation of the pericope to be interpreted. Yet the principles for selecting passages which form the part of departure for the exegete are seldom made explicit and if one compares various commentaries and Bible translations, it soon becomes apparent that this lack of methodical transparency gives rise to a lot of confusion and dissent.
In this work the authors make use of text divisions found in ancient Hebrew, Greek and Syriac manuscripts of Isaiah 40-55 (Deutero-Isaiah). For the first time the poetic structure of the text is based on controllable evidence which is roughly 500-1000 years older than the medieval Masoretic manuscripts on which all modern editions are based. The results are astonishing and raise the question why this type of evidence has been largely neglected thus far.

The Septuagint of Proverbs - Jewish and/or Hellenistic Proverbs? - Concerning the Hellenistic Colouring of LXX Proverbs... The Septuagint of Proverbs - Jewish and/or Hellenistic Proverbs? - Concerning the Hellenistic Colouring of LXX Proverbs (Hardcover)
Edward Cook, Johann Cook
R5,905 Discovery Miles 59 050 Special order

This monograph deals with an important but unexplored document of Hellenistic Judaism. The question of "Hellenistic influence" is addressed on the basis of an analysis of a representative number of chapters of Septuagint Proverbs (1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 24, 29, 30 and 31). Scholars have argued that this book was influenced extensively by Greek philosophy.
The author follows a contextual cultural method. The Greek text is analysed on four levels: the semantic, syntactical, stylistic (which represents the translation technique of the translator), and finally the "theological" level.
This study represents the first exhaustive analysis of the theme. The conclusion is that the impact of Stoicism on this Greek version has been overestimated in the past. Novel views are also formulated concerning the role of the law in LXX Proverbs, its historical setting and its text-critical value.

The Targum of Judges (Hardcover): Willem F. Smelik The Targum of Judges (Hardcover)
Willem F. Smelik
R3,522 Discovery Miles 35 220 Special order

This book forms a contribution to the vexing question of the origin and growth of the Targum to the Prophets. It provides an in-depth analysis of the Targum of Judges on the basis of new materials (unpublished manuscripts), a new tool (bilingual concordance) and a new method (analysis of consistency).
A critical review of previous research concerning the Targum's origin and growth is followed by an analysis and collations of many Western manuscripts, a systematic comparison of the Targum with the ancient translations, a study of its exegetical traditions and a thorough examination of its consistency.
On this basis it is suggested that the Targum assumed its basic form in the second century CE, due to the emergency of the rabbinic tradition, but outside the context of the synagogue.

Josua und Salomo - Eine Studie zu Autoritat und Legitimitat des Nachfolgers im Alten Testament (German, Hardcover): Christa... Josua und Salomo - Eine Studie zu Autoritat und Legitimitat des Nachfolgers im Alten Testament (German, Hardcover)
Christa Schaefer-Lichtenberger
R6,651 Discovery Miles 66 510 Special order

"Josua und Salomo" puts forward the thesis that the literary figure of the successor was created by circles who strongly relied on the book of Deuteronomy. In order to construct the ideal of a successor they used the characters of Joshua and Solomon and implemented the results of their theological reflection which were unleashed by the complete destruction of the pre-exilic political, social and religious organization of the nation. The figure of Joshua combines all the treats of their theological conception of an ideal political leader, whereas the figure of Solomon demonstrates the dangers which are implied in monarchical succession. From the theological perspective of deuteronomism "Solomon" and "Joshua" are opposite characters. The deuteronomic concepts of God and authority play a central role for the reflection on both characters.

Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls (English, Hebrew, Hardcover): Daniel K. Falk Daily, Sabbath, and Festival Prayers in the Dead Sea Scrolls (English, Hebrew, Hardcover)
Daniel K. Falk
R4,643 Discovery Miles 46 430 Special order

All the evidence for daily, sabbath, and festival prayers in the Qumran scrolls is analysed in detail, document by document. On the basis of formal features and social-liturgical setting, these prayers are compared with each other to uncover divergent prayer traditions. Comparative material beyond the scrolls is used to reassess their place in the development of Jewish prayer.
Evidence for prayers of different origin found at Qumran is important for reconsidering the nature of the scrolls, the community(s) which used them, and the history of Jewish liturgy. For several texts significant new reconstructions are offered.

The Temple Scroll and the Bible - The Methodology of 11QT (Hardcover): D.D. Swanson The Temple Scroll and the Bible - The Methodology of 11QT (Hardcover)
D.D. Swanson
R4,630 Discovery Miles 46 300 Special order

That the Temple Scroll is re-written Torah is recognised, but discussion of how the Torah is used has been hampered by absence of detailed analysis of the Scroll. This volume addresses this lack by careful examination of major portions of the Scroll.
Representative portions of each division of the Scroll are analyzed, first to establish precisely which biblical texts are used, and then to show how these texts are placed in relation to each other. From this study, a specific editorial methodology is uncovered. The final chapter summarises the conclusions and discusses implications for wider Qumran studies.
This book provides data essential not only to further the discussion on the exegetical methodology of this Scroll, but also for insight into the transition from "inner-biblical" exegesis to rabbinic commentary.

David as Reader - 2 Samuel 12:1-15 and the Poetics of Fatherhood (Hardcover): Hugh Pyper David as Reader - 2 Samuel 12:1-15 and the Poetics of Fatherhood (Hardcover)
Hugh Pyper
R3,439 Discovery Miles 34 390 Special order

Starting from David's response to Nathan's parable in 2 Sam 12, this book employs an original synthesis of literary, linguistic and psychoanalytic theory to explore the impact of the biblical text on its readers. It draws parallels between the relationships of speaker to utterance, texts to reader and father to son in arguing for an underlying "anxiety of utterance" as the source of textual power.
Biblical scholars will find stimulating readings of many problematic narratives as well as a detailed investigation of the poetics of the biblical oath. The theoretical account of the role of characters in mediating the interaction between text and reader will be of interest to all students of literature. Its provocative insights into the relationship between God, language, masculinity and authority raise important questions for theology and gender studies.

Der Briefwechsel zwischen Augustinus und Hieronymus und ihr Streit um den Kanon des Alten Testaments und die Auslegung von Gal.... Der Briefwechsel zwischen Augustinus und Hieronymus und ihr Streit um den Kanon des Alten Testaments und die Auslegung von Gal. 2, 11-14 (German, Hardcover)
Ralph Hennings
R5,845 Discovery Miles 58 450 Special order

This volume deals with the correspondence between Augustine and Jerome, discussing the way the letters were handed down to posterity, as well as their contents. In the first part it is shown that Jerome and Augustine both published a collection of the correspondence. In addition a list of manuscripts is given.
The second part deals with the conflict between Augustine and Jerome. Not only their discussion whether the Hebrew Bible or the Septuagint should be considered canonically authoritative for the Church, but also their argument on the right exegesis of the quarrel between Peter and Paul in Antioch, whether Christians should observe the Jewish Ceremonial Laws (Gal. 2,11-14).
The book is of particular interest for scholars in Patristic and Jewish Studies, giving a fresh approach to this important correspondence.

Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah, Volume 2 (Hardcover): Craig C. Broyles, Craig A Evans Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah, Volume 2 (Hardcover)
Craig C. Broyles, Craig A Evans
R4,648 Discovery Miles 46 480 Special order

The second part of a 2-volume work, this study combines recent approaches that treat the formation and early interpretation of the final form of the book of Isaiah with the more conventional historical-critical methods that treat the use of traditions by Isaiah's authors and editors. Studies investigate Isaiah's use of early sacred tradition, the editing and contextualization of oracles within the Isaianic tradition itself, and the interpretation of the book of Isaiah in later traditions (as seen in the various versions of the text and various communities).
Contributors of this volume include virtually all of the major scholars of Isaiah and the leading scholars of biblical interpretation in the intertestamental, New Testament, and early Jewish periods.

Weisheit und Pradestination - Weisheitliche Urordnung und Pradestination in den Textfunden von Qumran (German, Hardcover):... Weisheit und Pradestination - Weisheitliche Urordnung und Pradestination in den Textfunden von Qumran (German, Hardcover)
Armin Lange
R5,899 Discovery Miles 58 990 Special order

In the attempt to overcome the crisis of knowledge in wisdom thought, even the non-Essene texts from Qumran developed the wisdom notion of a pre-existent order of being and history which was to be realised in the Eschaton. This notion was taken up in non-wisdom texts and elaborated into a dualistic ordering of the world and of history, structured in epochs. In this form the notion was used by the Essene community to deal theologically with their negative experience of reality (schism, persecution by Hasmonoaeans, delay of the Eschaton). The results of this investigation are thus able to confirm critical points of the thesis of G. von Rad that apocalyptic developed out of wisdom.

Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature, Volume 2 Jewish Historiography and Iconography in Early and Medieval... Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature, Volume 2 Jewish Historiography and Iconography in Early and Medieval Christianity (Hardcover)
Heinz Schreckenberg, Kurt Schubert
R1,370 Discovery Miles 13 700 Special order

Series: Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum Section 1 - The Jewish people in the first century Historical geography, political history, social, cultural and religious life and institutions Edited by S. Safrai and M. Stern in cooperation with D. Flusser and W.C. van Unnik Section 2 - The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud Section 3 - Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature

Violence, Utopia and the Kingdom of God - Fantasy and Ideology in the Bible (Hardcover): George Aichele Violence, Utopia and the Kingdom of God - Fantasy and Ideology in the Bible (Hardcover)
George Aichele
R2,554 Discovery Miles 25 540 Special order


The Bible Tells Me So - Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Peter Enns The Bible Tells Me So - Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Peter Enns; Narrated by Joe Barrett
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