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Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament

Assyrian Propaganda and Israelite Faith
ISBN: 978-1-60724-015-0
This book examines the Old Testament language about Israel’s relationship with God in the light of Assyrian royal propaganda. Unpacking this language’s meaning in both Assyrian and biblical contexts, it shows Israel borrowed language from Assyrian vassal treaties to describe its covenant with God, and this book reveals what “covenant” meant, and that it is not “covenant” at all, but “grace.” The broader theological implications of this discovery are explored in dialogue with contemporary theologians. The book takes seriously the study of text in its ancient context in order to highlight the theological content and its modern relevance.
$116.20

A Perfectly Broken Acrostic in Nahum 1?

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1088
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0135-7
Renz discusses the acrostic poetic form of Nahum 1. The alphabetic sequence is interrupted by YHWH’s actions, conveying that this poem is a communication about divine order and chaos. This sets the tone for the flood motif in Nahum 2.
$25.90

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VII

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 10
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0165-4
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 10 (2010) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$208.60

Neo-Assyrian Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0077-0
Previous generations of scholars believed that prophecy was unique to ancient Israel. However, recent archaeological discoveries reveal that numerous societies in the ancient Near East practiced prophecy. This study examines the similarities and differences between Neo-Assyrian and biblical prophecy, particularly focusing on the 7th c. BCE prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, and discusses what implications these differences may have for our understanding of these prophets.
$128.10

Verbs of Leading in the Hebrew Bible

ISBN: 978-1-61143-925-0
Authors of the Hebrew Bible had at least 17 different verbs which they could use to represent “leading” or “guiding” in the Hebrew Bible. What are these “verbs of leading” and how are they related to one another? Why did an author choose the particular “leading” verb he chose in a particular context? Every occurrence of a verb of leading in the Hebrew Bible is examined through the lens of semantic-role theory by assigning roles to each of the phrases typically used with the verbs. This study resolves some problem passages and supplements traditional lexicographical research.
$135.10

Dating Archaic Biblical Hebrew Poetry

A Critique of the Linguistic Arguments
ISBN: 978-1-61143-921-2
The dating of some Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems to the late second millennium – early first millennium BCE on the basis of a handful of linguistic forms in common with second millennium Ugaritic and Amarna-Canaanite texts is brought into question. This critique highlights the problems with the arguments and hypotheses presented in the literature, and concludes that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of linguistic data for dating purposes.
$110.60

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VI

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 9
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-61143-004-2
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 9 (2009) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$224.70

A Redaction History of the Pentateuch Targums

Genesis 1:26–27 in the Exegetical Context of Formative Judaism
ISBN: 978-1-61719-181-7
This volume combines Targum studies with Judaic studies. The author assigns different Targums each to a respective particular “Sitz im Leben”, stressing the close connection between Targum and Midrash literature. She challenges the assumption that all extant Targums were compiled for the Synagogue. Instead, she suggests that Targum Onqelos might have fulfilled a function in the context of the early beth din and demonstrates that Pseudo-Jonathan can be linked with the rhetorical practices which abounded in later amoraic, educational circles.
$112.00

Folk-lore in the Old Testament

Studies in Comparative Religion, Legend, and Law
ISBN: 978-1-61719-818-2
This volume includes myths, stories, priestly speculations, ritual magic, and legal provisions from many lands that parallel to the Old Testament.
$107.10

Between Law and Narrative

The Method and Function of Abstraction
ISBN: 978-1-59333-912-8
Aside from being the content of speeches by characters in narrative, how do passages of laws in the Pentateuch interact with the surrounding narratives? This book proposes that certain passages of law in Leviticus and Numbers offer direction for the interpretation of adjacent segments of narrative. This 'direction' may serve to emphasize select themes and concepts in narrative. Alternatively, it may misdirect readers, or suggest alternative options to more accessible interpretations for a stretch of narrative.
$114.80