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This volume consists of 14 papers delivered by Assyriologists and biblical specialists at the 2007 Society of Biblical Literature congress in sessions devoted to the scholarly legacy of the late Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-977-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jul 16,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 261
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-977-7
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The late Tikva Frymer-Kensky’s In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth set its sights audaciously high by repeatedly posing large questions, questions as pungently topical for the theology colloquium as for the Bible seminar: What was the relationship of Yahwistic monotheism to the cults of many gods in Canaan and points East? Can the religions of the ancient Near East, including radical monotheism, be productively read as a matter of projection from the human to the divine plane? Religiously speaking, just what does it mean to have a gender? And what is the balance sheet for nature as well as humankind when all gods and goddesses are compacted into a single deity, especially a biblical God who, in Frymer-Kensky’s words, “is not imagined below the waist”? It is the grand questions posed within the humanistic tradition by her study that imbue this 1990s period-piece with an immediacy and a functionality in the classroom that other such studies generally lack. This volume consists of 14 sparkling papers delivered by Assyriologists and biblical specialists at the 2007 Society of Biblical Literature congress in sessions devoted to the scholarly legacy of Tikva Frymer-Kensky.

The late Tikva Frymer-Kensky’s In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth set its sights audaciously high by repeatedly posing large questions, questions as pungently topical for the theology colloquium as for the Bible seminar: What was the relationship of Yahwistic monotheism to the cults of many gods in Canaan and points East? Can the religions of the ancient Near East, including radical monotheism, be productively read as a matter of projection from the human to the divine plane? Religiously speaking, just what does it mean to have a gender? And what is the balance sheet for nature as well as humankind when all gods and goddesses are compacted into a single deity, especially a biblical God who, in Frymer-Kensky’s words, “is not imagined below the waist”? It is the grand questions posed within the humanistic tradition by her study that imbue this 1990s period-piece with an immediacy and a functionality in the classroom that other such studies generally lack. This volume consists of 14 sparkling papers delivered by Assyriologists and biblical specialists at the 2007 Society of Biblical Literature congress in sessions devoted to the scholarly legacy of Tikva Frymer-Kensky.

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Contributor Biography

Steven Holloway

Steven W. Holloway received his MA and PhD from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is the author of Aššur is King! Aššur is King! Religion in the Exercise of Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire (Brill, 2002), editor of Orientalism, Assyriology and the Bible (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), and the author of numerous articles on the Bible, the ancient Near East, and the history of the disciplines. He is currently an Indexer-Analyst for the American Theological Library Association.

Richard Beal

Richard H. Beal received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Hittitology. He is the author of The Organisation of the Hittite Military and many articles on various aspects of Hittite history and culture. He is a senior research associate on the Hittite Dictionary Project at the Oriental Institute.

JoAnn Scurlock

JoAnn Scurlock received her BA and PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Assyriology. She is the author of Magico-Medical Means of Treating Ghost-Induced Illnesses in Ancient Mesopotamia, and Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine, with co-author Burton Andersen, MD. She is the author of over sixty articles on the religion, medicine, history and culture of Ancient Mesopotamia and its impact on surrounding regions such as ancient Israel. She teaches in the history department at Elmhurst College.

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