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James and Paul: The Politics of Identity at the Turn of the Ages

James and Paul: The Politics of Identity at the Turn of the Ages

Monday, June 1, 2015

Here V. George Shillington seeks to understand both James and Paul as Jews engaged in different but complementary missions and concludes that the tension between those missions indicates a conflict between different politics of identity.

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Power and Politics in the Book of Judges: Men and Women of Valor

Power and Politics in the Book of Judges: Men and Women of Valor

by John C. Yoder (Author)

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Here John C. Yoder studies political culture and behavior in premonarchic Israel, focusing on the protagonists in the book of Judges. In a fascinating turn, he explores the variety of strategies these men and women of valor used to gain and consolidate their power.

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The Poetic Priestly Source

The Poetic Priestly Source

by Jason M.H. Gaines (Author)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Applying criteria for the identification of biblical Hebrew poetry, Jason M. H. Gaines distinguishes a nearly complete poetic Priestly stratum in the Pentateuch ("Poetic P"), coherent in literary, narrative, and ideological terms, from a later prose redaction ("Prosaic P"), which is fragmentary, supplemental, and distinct in thematic and theological concern.

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The Creative Word Second Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education

The Creative Word Second Edition: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education

by Walter Brueggemann (Author); Amy Erickson (Author of the Foreword)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Every faith community knows the challenges of inviting new members and the next generation into its shared life, without falling into an arid traditionalism or a shallow relativism. Walter Brueggemann finds a framework for education in the structure of the Hebrew Bible canon, with its assertion of center and limit (in the Torah), of challenge (in the Prophets), and of inquiry (in the Writings).

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The Social World of the Sages: An Introduction to Israelite and Jewish Wisdom Literature

The Social World of the Sages: An Introduction to Israelite and Jewish Wisdom Literature

by Mark R. Sneed (Author)

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Monday, June 1, 2015

The notion of a distinct ?wisdom tradition? in ancient Israel has a long history?but does it have a basis in the evidence? Mark R. Sneed argues for a redefinition of the wisdom literature as a loosely cohering collection of books aimed at educating scribal apprentices in moral instruction and the art of living.

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Threshing Floors In Ancient Israel:Their Ritual and Symbolic Significance

Threshing Floors In Ancient Israel:Their Ritual and Symbolic Significance

by Jaime L. Waters (Author)

Monday, June 1, 2015

This item is part of Emerging Scholars series

Jaime L. Waters here examines the various personnel active in the construction and operation of threshing floors to draw a more complete picture of ancient Israelite social life.

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Palestinian Christians and the Old Testament: History, Hermeneutics, and Ideology

Palestinian Christians and the Old Testament: History, Hermeneutics, and Ideology

by Will Stalder (Author)

Monday, June 1, 2015

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Stalder asks how Palestinian Christians have read the Old Testament in the period before and under the British Mandate and in light of the foundation of the modern State of Israel. He outlines a future hermeneutic that respects religious communities without writing off the Old Testament prematurely.

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The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period

The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period

by Susan Docherty (Author)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Designed with the beginning student in mind, this volume introduces the reader to the books that did not make it into the Bible or the Apocrypha but that remained popular among Jews and early Christians for centuries.

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The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish Literature, Revised Edition

The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish Literature, Revised Edition

by Archie T. Wright (Author)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How do we account for the explosion of demonic activity in the New Testament? Archie T. Wright?s work traces the development of the concept of evil spirits from the Hebrew Bible through postbiblical Jewish literature.

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Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics

Portrait of the Kings: The Davidic Prototype in Deuteronomistic Poetics

by Alison L. Joseph (Author)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

By examining the narrative techniques used in the Deuteronomistic History to portray Israel?s kings, Joseph offers a deepened understanding of the worldview and theology of this important biblical work.

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