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T&T Clark Studies in the Hebrew Bible: The Writings (5 vols.)

by 6 authors Weeks, Stuart, Human, Dirk J., Steyn, Gert J., Dell, Katharine, Kynes, Will, Moffat, Donald P.

T&T Clark, Bloomsbury 2010–2013

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T&T Clark Studies in the Hebrew Bible: The Writings (5 vols.)
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Overview

The section of the Old Testament—often referred to as “wisdom literature” and, in the Hebrew Bible, “Ketuvim,” or the Writings—contains some of the most elusive and difficult passages in all of Scripture. This collection of T&T Clark monographs on the Writings in the Hebrew Bible offers current research, exegesis, and theological reflection on these important, but often difficult to understand, books of the Bible. From Hebrew poetry and intertextuality to reception history and ancient Near Eastern context, these academic monographs offer cutting-edge research on the Writings in the Hebrew Bible.

These volumes are from the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS), a premier book series that offers state-of-the-art work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, postgraduate students, and advanced undergraduates. All the diverse aspects of Old Testament study are discussed and promoted in the series, including innovative work that is both interdisciplinary and international in scope.

The Logos Bible Software editions of these volumes are designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of the Writings in the Hebrew Bible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about things like intertextuality, reception history, and skepticism in Ecclesiastes.

For more T&T Clark volumes on the Writings, be sure to check out the Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Ketuvim (7 vols.).

Key Features

  • Presentation of the latest interpretive advances in the Writings
  • Engagement with cutting-edge modern scholarship
  • The first comprehensive treatment of intertextuality in Job

Individual Titles

Psalms and Hebrews: Studies in Reception

  • Editors: Dirk J. Human and Gert Jacobus Steyn
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 320

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The reception of early Jewish/Israelite texts in early Christianity provides valuable insights into the hermeneutics of ancient authors. Studies in this regard are vital for an understanding of their theology/ies. By focusing particularly on the reception of the Psalms through the hand of the unknown author of Hebrews, Old Testament and New Testament scholars combine forces in this collection to determine the shifts in interpretation of the Psalms that took place during the processes of (re)interpretation within the work of a particular early Christian writer.

By paying careful attention to the original reading(s) of the text versions, as well as the manner in which those texts were embedded in a later literary context by the author of Hebrews, they provide a window into the trajectories of the Psalm traditions. A contextual contribution illustrates the versification of the Psalms in a contemporary African language, Afrikaans, to illustrate how the Psalms’ reception remains a vivid endeavor in current times.

This volume is essential reading for Hebrews specialists, particularly those with an interest in the author’s use of the Old Testament, and it will abundantly repay careful attention to its many insights and suggestions.

Review of Biblical Literature

Dirk Human is head of biblical and religious Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and is the author of Psalms and Liturgy.

Gert Jacobus Steyn is professor of biblical and religious studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Psalmody and Poetry in Old Testament Ethics

  • Editor: Dirk J. Human
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 192

Questions arise from scholarly debate in Hebrew Bible ethics such as: What is Old Testament ethics? What is the object of study? What are the methods involved and how normative are Old Testament ethics for modern contexts? These questions advance crucial issues in the quest for understanding ethics of the ancient Hebrew mind and the problem of how to contextualize them in a modern setting.

This book begins by exploring the relationship between the Old Testament and ethics, as well as a philosophical discussion on meta-ethical presuppositions on divinity and morality in the Psalter. The main part of the book reflects analyses of specific psalms (Psalms 16; 34; 50; 72; 104; and 133). The core of this section reflects an illustration of psalm texts with the thematic focus on Hebrew ethical thinking. Included are a few contextual contributions discussing relevant ethical issues in Africa from an African perspective. In the final section two exemplary poetic texts from the Pentateuch (Deut. 32) and the Prophets (Jer. 5) reverberate ethical thinking from other parts of the Hebrew canon.

Dirk Human is head of biblical and religious Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and is the author of Psalms and Liturgy.

Reading Job Intertextually

  • Editors: Katharine Dell and Will Kynes
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

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This volume fills an important lacuna in the study of the Hebrew Bible by providing the first comprehensive treatment of intertextuality in Job which addresses intertextual resonances between Job and texts in all three divisions of the Hebrew canon, along with non-canonical texts throughout history, from the ancient Near East to modern literature. Though comprehensive, this study will not be exhaustive, but will invite further study into connections between Job and these texts, few of which have previously been explored systematically. Thus, the volume’s impact will reach beyond Job to each of the “intertexts” discussed.

As a multi-authored volume that gathers together scholars with expertise on this diverse array of texts, the range of discussion is wide. The contributors have been encouraged to pursue the intertextual approach that best suits their topic, thereby offering readers a valuable collection of intertextual case studies addressing a single text. No study quite like this has yet been published, therefore it will also provide a framework for future intertextual studies of other biblical texts.

Katharine Dell is senior lecturer on the faculty of divinity at Cambridge University and a fellow of St. Catharine’s College, Oxford.

Will Kynes is departmental lecturer in Old Testament studies on the faculty of theology and religion at St Peter’s College, Oxford and Liddon Research Fellow and Tutor of Theology at Keble College, Oxford.

Ecclesiastes and Scepticism

  • Author: Stuart Weeks
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 240

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Scholars often view the apparent skepticism of Ecclesiastes in terms of a reaction against the more confident assertions found in works like Proverbs, and the book does indeed seem to deny the possibility of humans shaping their future or changing their fate through informed action. What appears to concern the work’s protagonist, whose monologue occupies most of its length, is not any skepticism about God’s activity or consistency, but rather the problems that arise from a human inability to discern divine action or purpose.

This study seeks to understand both the roots and the implications of this empiricism, comparing the monologue with other biblical and ancient literature, and suggesting that, although it has points of contact with other texts, its skepticism is largely distinctive, and unlikely to represent some broader tradition.

This is a very technical book, as are all books in this series. It is meant for scholars and teachers of the Wisdom tradition of ancient Israel.

Dianne Bergant, professor of Old Testament studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

Stuart Weeks is senior lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at Durham University. He is the author of Early Israelite Wisdom and Instructions & Imagery in Proverbs 1-9. He is also the author of the new ICC volume on Ecclesiastes.

Ezra’s Social Drama: Identity Formation, Marriage, and Social Conflict in Ezra 9 and 10

  • Author: Donald P. Moffat
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 208

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Moffat aims to provide further insight into the mixed marriage narrative by exposing the social and cultural factors on which it is based. He also identifies historical traces in the narrative that can contribute to a historical reconstruction of the post-exilic era. The socio-cultural analysis highlights previously unobserved aspects of the narrative as it understands that the narrative reflects a context in which identity formation issues were prominent in Persian Yehud. Moffat argues that the rituals of mourning and penitential prayer are important acts that shaped the mixed marriage controversy. The label “foreign women” is identified as a symbol which carried considerable freight and connected the mixed marriages with wider social discourse on identity. Further, the Exodus traditions are shown to be significant for the conceptual foundations underlying the narrative and the society that produced it. The analysis also gives reason to understand Ezra as the pivotal character in narrative plot. This not only affects how the narrative is understood but has implications for historical reconstruction that utilizes this narrative.

Don Moffat is a former regional dean of studies for the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College). He currently divides his time between writing and teaching roles for various theological institutions.

Product Details

  • Title: T&T Clark Studies in the Hebrew Bible. The Writings (5 vols.)
  • Series: Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (LHBOTS/JSOTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,232