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Children in the Bible and the Ancient World - Comparative and Historical Methods in Reading Ancient Children (Hardcover): Shawn... Children in the Bible and the Ancient World - Comparative and Historical Methods in Reading Ancient Children (Hardcover)
Shawn W. Flynn
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The topic of children in the Bible has long been under-represented, but this has recently changed with the development of childhood studies in broader fields, and the work of several dedicated scholars. While many reading methods are employed in this emerging field, comparative work with children in the ancient world has been an important tool to understand the function of children in biblical texts. Children in the Bible and the Ancient World broadly introduces children in the ancient world, and specifically children in the Bible. It brings together an international group of experts who help readers understand how children are constructed in biblical literature across three broad areas: children in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, children in Christian writings and the Greco-Roman world, and children and materiality. The diverse essays cover topics such as: vows in Ugarit and the Hebrew Bible, obstetric knowledge, infant abandonment, the role of marriage, Greek abandonment texts, ritual entry for children into Christian communities, education, sexual abuse, and the role of archeological figurines in children's lives. The volume also includes expertise in biological anthropology to study the skeletal remains of ancient children, as well as how ancient texts illuminate Mary's female maturity. The volume is written in an accessible style suitable for non-specialists, and it is equipped with a helpful resource bibliography that organizes select secondary sources from these essays into meaningful categories for further study. Children in the Bible and the Ancient World is a helpful introduction to any who study children and childhood in the ancient world. In addition, the volume will be of interest to experts who are engaged in historical approaches to biblical studies, while appreciating how the ancient world continues to illuminate select topics in biblical texts.

The Influence of Post-Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic on the Translator of Septuagint Isaiah (Paperback): Seulgi L. Byun The Influence of Post-Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic on the Translator of Septuagint Isaiah (Paperback)
Seulgi L. Byun
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For many years, scholars have noted that post-biblical Hebrew and Aramaic may have influenced some of the renderings in the ancient Greek versions of the Hebrew Bible, but examination of this has usually been done only in passing with little or no discussion and scant evidence. Seulgi L. Byun examines the ancient Greek version of Isaiah, commonly referred to as LXX (Septuagint) Isaiah, and examines a number of possible cases in depth in order to determine the degree to which semantic change within Hebrew, as well as the spread of Aramaic already in the Second Temple period, may have influenced the translator. The book begins with an overview of key issues (semantic change; the development (or non-development) of the Hebrew language; previous scholarship; issues in the study of LXX Isaiah; and methodological considerations). This is followed by four larger sections representing various categories of examples where post-biblical Hebrew or Aramaic may have influenced renderings in the text, each offering specific examples. The first section contains examples where post-biblical Hebrew may have influenced LXX Isaiah; the second section offers examples of Aramaic influence; the third section addresses examples where the influence is not clear (possibly both post-biblical Hebrew and Aramaic); and the fourth section discusses the possibility of word manipulation - cases where the translator of LXX Isaiah `manipulated' the Hebrew with a post-biblical Hebrew or Aramaic meaning/word in mind.

Bere'shit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) and Haftarah (Isaiah 42:5-43:10) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Bere'shit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) and Haftarah (Isaiah 42:5-43:10) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Bere'shit (Genesis 1:1-6:8) and Haftarah (Isaiah 42:5-43:10): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Va-yishlah (Genesis 32:4-36:43) and Haftarah (Obadiah 1:1-21) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Va-yishlah (Genesis 32:4-36:43) and Haftarah (Obadiah 1:1-21) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Va-yishlah (Genesis 32:4-36:43) and Haftarah (Obadiah 1:1-21): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Mikkets (Genesis 41:1-44:17) and Haftarah (1 Kings 3:15-28; 4:1) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Mikkets (Genesis 41:1-44:17) and Haftarah (1 Kings 3:15-28; 4:1) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Mikkets (Genesis 41:1-44:17) and Haftarah (1 Kings 3:15-28; 4:1): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) and Haftarah (Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) and Haftarah (Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) and Haftarah (Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) and Haftarah (Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary... Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) and Haftarah (Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18) and Haftarah (Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Ki Tissa' (Exodus 30:11-34:35) and Haftarah (1 Kings 18:1-39) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Ki Tissa' (Exodus 30:11-34:35) and Haftarah (1 Kings 18:1-39) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Ki Tissa' (Exodus 30:11-34:35) and Haftarah (1 Kings 18:1-39): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Va-yakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback): Jeffrey... Va-yakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Va-yakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Pekudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback): Jeffrey... Pekudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38) and Haftarah (1 Kings 7:40-50): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Tetsavveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Haftarah (Ezekiel 43:10-27) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback):... Tetsavveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Haftarah (Ezekiel 43:10-27) - The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (Paperback)
Jeffrey K. Salkin
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Tetsavveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Haftarah (Ezekiel 43:10-27): The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary shows teens in their own language how Torah addresses the issues in their world. The conversational tone is inviting and dignified, concise and substantial, direct and informative. Each pamphlet includes a general introduction, two model divrei Torah on the weekly Torah portion, and one model davar Torah on the weekly Haftarah portion. Jewish learning-for young people and adults-will never be the same. The complete set of weekly portions is available in Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin's book The JPS B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS, 2017).

Image and Imitation - Josephus' Antiquities 1-11 and Greco-Roman Historiography (Paperback): Martin Friis Image and Imitation - Josephus' Antiquities 1-11 and Greco-Roman Historiography (Paperback)
Martin Friis
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The Politics of the Ancestors - Exegetical and Historical Perspectives on Genesis 12-36 (Hardcover): Friederike Neumann The Politics of the Ancestors - Exegetical and Historical Perspectives on Genesis 12-36 (Hardcover)
Friederike Neumann; Edited by Mark G. Brett, Jakob Wohrle
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The Surprising Election and Confirmation of King David (Paperback): J. Randall Short The Surprising Election and Confirmation of King David (Paperback)
J. Randall Short
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Some of the best-known biblical episodes are found in the story of David s rise to kingship in First and Second Samuel. Why was this series of stories included in the Bible?

An answer that has become increasingly popular is that this narrative should be interpreted as the apology of David, that is, the personal justification of King David against charges that he illegitimately usurped Saul s throne. Comparisons between the History of David s Rise and the Hittite Apology of Hattu ili, in particular, appear to support this view that the biblical account belongs to the genre of ancient Near Eastern royal apology.

Having presented this approach, Randall Short argues that the biblical account has less in common with the Hittite apology than scholars have asserted, and he demonstrates how interpretive assumptions about the historical reality behind the text inform the meaning that these scholars discern in the text. His central contention is that this story should not be interpreted as the personal exoneration of David composed to win over suspicious readers. Rather, composed for faithful readers represented by David, the story depicts the dramatic confirmation of David s surprising election through his gradual emergence as the beloved son of Jesse, Saul, all Israel, and yhwh Himself.

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, v. 2 - Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments (Paperback, Vol. 2 ed.): James H Charlesworth The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, v. 2 - Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments (Paperback, Vol. 2 ed.)
James H Charlesworth
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Key second-temple texts with introductions and notes by an international team of scholars--now available in affordable softcover bindings.

The writers of the Bible lived in a world filled with many writings. Some of these documents are lost forever, but many have been preserved. Part of these extant sources are the Pseudepigrapha. This collection of Jewish and Christian writings shed light on early Judaism and Christianity and their doctrines.

This landmark set includes all 65 Pseudepigraphical documents from the intertestamental period that reveal the ongoing development of Judaism and the roots from which the Christian religion took its beliefs. A scholarly authority on each text contributes a translation, introduction, and critical notes for each text. Volume 1 features apocalyptic literature and testaments. Volume 2 includes expansions of the "Old Testament" legends, wisdom, and philosophical literature; prayers, psalms, and odes; and fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works.

Contributors include E. Isaac, B.M. Metzger, J.R. Mueller, S.E. Robinson, D.J. Harrington, G.T. Zervos, and many others.

Of enormous value to scholars and students, religious professionals and interested laypeople.

Part of Anchor Yale Reference Library.

Praying Through the Psalms (Paperback): Yohanna Katanacho Praying Through the Psalms (Paperback)
Yohanna Katanacho
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Intertwined Worlds - Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism (Paperback): Hava Lazarus-Yafeh Intertwined Worlds - Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism (Paperback)
Hava Lazarus-Yafeh
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Exploring the lively polemics among Jews, Christians, and Muslims during the Middle Ages, Hava Lazarus-Yafeh analyzes Muslim critical attitudes toward the Bible, some of which share common features with both pre-Islamic and early modern European Bible criticism. Unlike Jews and Christians, Muslims did not accept the text of the Bible as divine word, believing that it had been tampered with or falsified. This belief, she maintains, led to a critical approach to the Bible, which scrutinized its text as well as its ways of transmission. In their approach Muslim authors drew on pre-Islamic pagan, Gnostic, and other sectarian writings as well as on Rabbinic and Christian sources. Elements of this criticism may have later influenced Western thinkers and helped shape early modern Bible scholarship. Nevertheless, Muslims also took the Bible to predict the coming of Muhammad and the rise of Islam. They seem to have used mainly oral Arabic translations of the Hebrew Bible and recorded some lost Jewish interpretations. In tracing the connections between pagan, Islamic, and modern Bible criticism, Lazarus-Yafeh demonstrates the importance of Muslim mediation between the ancient world and Europe in a hitherto unknown field.

Originally published in 1992.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Proverbs - An Introduction and Survey (Paperback): Derek Kidner Proverbs - An Introduction and Survey (Paperback)
Derek Kidner
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As a Deer Longs for Flowing Streams - A Study of the Septuagint Version of Ps 42-43 in Its Relation to the Hebrew Text... As a Deer Longs for Flowing Streams - A Study of the Septuagint Version of Ps 42-43 in Its Relation to the Hebrew Text (Hardcover)
Staffan Olofsson
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Olofsson examines the translation equivalents in the Septuagint and discusses the semantic meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words. The parallels in the LXX as well as in the Hebrew Bible are included. With its extensive translation-technical emphasis and the discussion of text-critical matters this study presents a more accurate Old Greek text and may thus contribute to a new critical edition of the Greek Psalter. As a commentary on both the Hebrew Bible and the Septuagint, it gives an overall interpretation of the psalm in Hebrew and in Greek separately. Contributors are E. Bons, J.M. Dines, K. Hauspie, J. Joosten, T.J. Kraus, A. Leonas and K. Usener.

Women and Exilic Identity in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover): Martien Halvorson-Taylor, Katherine Southwood Women and Exilic Identity in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover)
Martien Halvorson-Taylor, Katherine Southwood
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Notions of women as found in the Bible have had an incalculable impact on western cultures, influencing perspectives on marriage, kinship, legal practice, political status, and general attitudes. Women and Exilic Identity in the Hebrew Bible is drawn from three separate strands to address and analyse this phenomenon. The first examines how women were conceptualized and represented during the exilic period. The second focuses on methodological possibilities and drawbacks connected to investigating women and exile. The third reviews current prominent literature on the topic, with responses from authors. With chapters from a range of contributors, topics move from an analysis of Ruth as a woman returning to her homeland, and issues concerning the foreign presence who brings foreign family members into the midst of a community, and how this is dealt with, through the intermarriage crisis portrayed in Ezra 9-10, to an analysis of Judean constructions of gender in the exilic and early post-exilic periods. The contributions show an exciting range of the best scholarship on women and foreign identities, with important consequences for how the foreign/known is perceived, and what that has meant for women through the centuries.

Psalms - The Cries of the Faithful (Paperback): Gerald Henry Wilson, Janet Nygren Psalms - The Cries of the Faithful (Paperback)
Gerald Henry Wilson, Janet Nygren; Series edited by Karen H Jobes
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Psalms, part of the Bringing the Bible to Life series, a companion to Zondervan's NIV Application Commentary, explores both the historical meaning of the biblical text and its contemporary significance. Psalms provides a journey through a selection of Psalms, ten sessions with discussion questions, and a closing section that assists you and your group in responding to God's Word together or individually.

Revelation - A Vision of Hope (Paperback): Craig S. Keener, Janet Nygren Revelation - A Vision of Hope (Paperback)
Craig S. Keener, Janet Nygren; Series edited by Karen H Jobes
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Revelation, part of the Bringing the Bible to Life series, a companion to Zondervan's NIV Application Commentary, explores both the historical meaning of the biblical text and its contemporary significance. Revelation provides a journey through the biblical book, ten sessions with discussion questions, and a closing section that assists you and your group in responding to God's Word together or individually.

The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition (Hardcover): Debra Scoggins Ballentine The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition (Hardcover)
Debra Scoggins Ballentine
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There are many ancient West Asian stories that narrate the victory of a warrior deity over an enemy, typically a sea-god or sea dragon, and his rise to divine kingship. In The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition, Debra Scoggins Ballentine analyzes this motif, arguing that it was used within ancient political and socio-religious discourses to bolster particular divine hierarchies, kings, institutions, and groups, as well as to attack others. Situating her study of the conflict topos within contemporary theorizations of myth by Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, and Jonathan Z. Smith, Ballentine examines narratives of divine combat and instances of this conflict motif. Her study cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries as well as constructed time periods, focusing not only on the Hebrew Bible but also incorporating Mesopotamian, early Jewish, early Christian, and rabbinic texts, spanning a period of almost three millennia - from the eighteenth century BCE to the early middle ages CE. The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition advances our understanding of the conflict topos in ancient west Asian and early Jewish and Christian literatures and of how mythological and religious ideas are used both to validate and render normative particular ideologies and socio-political arrangements, and to delegitimize and invalidate others.

Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies (Hardcover): Ken Stone Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies (Hardcover)
Ken Stone
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Animal studies may be a recent academic development, but our fascination with animals is nothing new. Surviving cave paintings are of animal forms, and closer to us, as Ken Stone points out, animals populate biblical literature from beginning to end. This book explores the significance of animal studies for the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. The field has had relatively little impact on biblical interpretation to date, but combined with biblical scholarship, it sheds useful light on animals, animal symbolism, and the relations among animals, humans, and God-not only for those who study biblical literature and its ancient context, but for contemporary readers concerned with environmental, social, and animal ethics. Without the presence of domesticated and wild animals, neither biblical traditions nor the religions that make use of the Bible would exist in their current forms. Although parts of the Bible draw a clear line between humans and animals, other passages complicate that line in multiple ways and challenge our assumptions about the roles animals play therein. Engaging influential thinkers, including Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, and other experts in animal and ecological studies, Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies shows how prehumanist texts reveal unexpectedly relevant dynamics and themes for our posthumanist age.

Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies (Paperback): Ken Stone Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies (Paperback)
Ken Stone
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Animal studies may be a recent academic development, but our fascination with animals is nothing new. Surviving cave paintings are of animal forms, and closer to us, as Ken Stone points out, animals populate biblical literature from beginning to end. This book explores the significance of animal studies for the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. The field has had relatively little impact on biblical interpretation to date, but combined with biblical scholarship, it sheds useful light on animals, animal symbolism, and the relations among animals, humans, and God-not only for those who study biblical literature and its ancient context, but for contemporary readers concerned with environmental, social, and animal ethics. Without the presence of domesticated and wild animals, neither biblical traditions nor the religions that make use of the Bible would exist in their current forms. Although parts of the Bible draw a clear line between humans and animals, other passages complicate that line in multiple ways and challenge our assumptions about the roles animals play therein. Engaging influential thinkers, including Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, and other experts in animal and ecological studies, Reading the Hebrew Bible with Animal Studies shows how prehumanist texts reveal unexpectedly relevant dynamics and themes for our posthumanist age.

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