A conversation between James D. Nogalski and Ehud Ben Zvi on the question of The Twelve, its implications for the historically oriented study of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible, and for the reconstruction of the intellectual history of ancient Israel.
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During the last decade one of the most debated issues in the study of prophetic books is the question of The Twelve. Few questions involve so many central methodological issues and have so many implications for the study of the prophetic books in the Hebrew Bible and the intellectual history of ancient Israel. Thomas Römer invited James Nogalski and Ehud Ben Zvi, who have contributed to these debate before, to advance their own positions at "La conference universitaire de Suisse occidentale, troisimème cycle en Bible hébraïque – “Les rédactions des livres prophétiques de la Bible hébraïque.” This volume includes revised versions of their papers and an introduction by Thomas Römer.
Ehud Ben Zvi is a professor at the University of Alberta. He has published several books and articles on prophetic literature and on ancient Israelite historiography. He is the general editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and a former president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.
James D. Nogalski has worked with prophetic literature for more than 20 years, beginning in Zurich where he completed his doctoral work under the tutelage of Odil Hannes Steck. In 2007 he joined the faculty of Baylor University. Since the publication of his two influential volumes on the Book of the Twelve, he has collaborated on numerous projects related to the formation of prophetic writings.