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Title: Rethinking Biblical Scholarship: Changing Perspectives 4
Author: Davies, Philip R
Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781844657278
Volumes: 1; Pages: 288
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Rethinking Biblical Scholarship brings together seminal essays to provide readers with an assessment of the archaeological and exegetical research which has transformed the discipline of biblical studies over the last two decades. The essays focus on history and historiography, exploring how scholarly constructs and ideologies mould historical, literary and cultural data and shape scholarly discourse. Most of the essays illustrate the development of what has been called a 'minimalist' methodology. Among the many central topics examined are the formation of the Jewish scriptural canon and how the concepts of 'prophecy' and 'apocalypse' illuminate the emergence of Judaism in the late Persian and Hellenistic periods.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Niels Peter Lemche
PART I: ON METHOD
1. Do Old Testament Studies Need a Dictionary?
2. Whose History? Whose Israel? Whose Bible? Biblical Histories, Ancient and Modern
3. What Is Minimalism, and Why Do So Many People Dislike It?
4. A House Built on Sand
PART II: HISTORY
5. The Origin of Biblical Israel
6. Bytdwd and Swkt Dwyd: A Comparison
7. God of Cyrus, God of Israel: Some Religio-Historical Reflections on Isaiah 40-55
8. Scenes from the Early History of Judaism
9. Josiah and the Law Book
10. Judaeans in Egypt: Hebrew and Greek Stories
PART III: PROPHECY AND APOCALYPTIC
11. Amos, Man and Book Pen of Iron, Point of Diamond' (Jer 17:1): Prophecy as Writing
12. Reading Daniel Sociologically
13. The Scribal School of Daniel
14. And Enoch Was Not, for Genesis Took Him
15. "Divination", "Apocalyptic" and Sectarianism in Early Judaism
PART IV: CANON
16. What Is a Bible?
17. 'The Jewish Scriptural Canon in Cultural Perspective