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Gathering Interest
Oxford Theological Monographs on the Old Testament (9 vols.)
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Overview

This collection from the Oxford Theological Monographs series gives insight into the language, interpretation, and history of the Old Testament. Experts in Old Testament language and literature thoroughly research and clearly present each topic to bring you up to speed on the latest advances in Old Testament studies. The authors look at the language in terms of style and then elaborate on it based on new and previous theories regarding the text. These Oxford monographs will enable pastors, scholars, and students to gain fresh insight into these important issues.

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Key Features

  • Insight into the language, interpretation, and history of the Old Testament
  • Evaluation of other scholarly theories on key Old Testament issues
  • Part of the Oxford Theological Monographs series

Individual Titles

The Hidden God: The Hiding of the Face of God in the Old Testament

  • Author: Samuel Balentine
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 216

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In The Hidden God, Samuel Balentine discusses the semantic field and historical background of words and phrases in the Old Testament having to do with the theme of hiddenness. Balentine employs stylistic analysis and digs into the linguistic and socio-historical context of the phrase “hide the face” and related expressions in the Hebrew Bible. He also discusses the post-biblical and versional usage of this theme as well as the broader framework of the hiddenness of God motif.

Samuel Balentine is professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.

Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

  • Author: Tal Goldfajn
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 192

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This book addresses the problem of temporal interpretation of verbs in Biblical Hebrew narrative and explores the broader issue of how time is expressed in language. Goldfajn summarizes this controversy, which has been argued over since at least the tenth century, presenting previous scholarly opinions and theories. She argues that one possible way of understanding the fundamental meanings of the Hebrew verbal system is by examining the role played in ordering time by the four main verb forms used in biblical Hebrew narrative. Accordingly, emphasis is given to the intersentential use of these forms and the variety of interesting ways in which they establish the order of events.

Clearly and simply written, without the usual obtuse and idiosyncratic jargon that linguists customarily use . . . This small tome is an excellent summary and conclusion to the tense/aspect debate of the Hebrew verbal system . . . This one book alone is all that is needed to bring students up to speed on the question, including past discussion.

Hebrew Studies

Tal Goldfajn is a professor of Biblical Hebrew at the University of Sao Paulo.

The Song of Songs and the Eros of God: A Study in Biblical Intertextuality

  • Author: Edmée Kingsmill
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 320

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Modern biblical scholarship interprets the Song as a collection of love lyrics. Edmée Kingsmill, however, believes that the essence of the Song is mystical. A principal concern of this study is to uncover the relationship between the 117 verses of the Song and those biblical books to which they point. Beneath the metaphors, a network of allusions is being woven, conveying a picture opposite to that we find in the prophets who, confronted with the continual “adultery” of Israel, poured forth their condemnations with unwavering passion.

The book is in two parts. The first and longer part is concerned with themes, including the relationship of the Song to the early Jewish mystical literature. The second part is a short commentary intended for the reader interested in the text as much as in the related questions to which the text gives rise.

Edmee Kingsmill is with the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs: The Deuteronomist’s Negative Perspective on Dynastic Succession

  • Author: David T. Lamb
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 288

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David T. Lamb examines not only the dynasty of Jehu within the narrative of 2 Kings, but also the broader context of the dynasties of Israel and Judah in the books of Kings and Samuel. Lamb discusses religious aspects of kingship (such as anointing, divine election, and prayer) in both the Old Testament and in the literature of the ancient Near East. He concludes that the Deuteronomistic editor, because of a deep concern that leaders be divinely chosen and obedient to Yahweh, sought to subvert the monarchical status quo by shaping the Jehuite narrative to emphasize that dynastic succession disastrously fails to produce righteous leaders.

Teachers and students of the Hebrew Bible, and those interested in kingship in the Ancient Near East will find this volume to be an asset.

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

David T. Lamb is associate professor of Old Testament at the Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Ezekiel and the Ethics of Exile

  • Author: Andrew Mein
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 320

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Mein aims to set Ezekiel’s ethics firmly in the social and historical context of the Babylonian Exile. Mein suggests that Ezekiel’s moral concerns and priorities are substantially shaped by the social experience of deportation and resettlement. They also represent a creative response to the crisis, providing significant impetus for social cohesion and the maintenance of a distinctively Jewish community.

The author considers the prophet’s ethical message, and he does so with great success . . . An excellent contribution to prophetic studies.

International Review of Biblical Studies

Andrew Mein is a tutor of the Old Testament at the Westcott House, Cambridge.

The Troubles of Templeless Judah

  • Author: Jill Middlemas
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 304

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The time of the Babylonian captivity is of seminal importance for the formation of the Hebrew Bible as well as for the religious development of Judaism. Previous studies of this era have usually privileged the perspective of the community of captives (the Golah), and the period is known as the “Exilic Age.” Jill Middlemas challenges this consensus arguing that the Golah community represents only one viewpoint, and that the experiences and contributions of the majority of the Judaean population, those who remained in Judah, need to be more fully appreciated.

This is an important book, both as a scholarly contribution in general, but also because Middlemas is one of the first that has taken the new situation that has arisen concerning Neo-Babylonian Judah into proper consideration.

Journal of Semitic Studies

Jill Middlemas is Liddon Research Fellow in Theology at Keble College and holds the Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University.

Sexual and Marital Metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

  • Author: Sharon Moughtin-Mumby
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 320

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Sharon Moughtin-Mumby explores the complex, and potentially subversive, power of metaphor as a tool of persuasion in the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible. Evaluating several schools of language and biblical criticism, including a traditional approach, a feminist critique, and a literary-historical investigation, Moughtin-Mumby brings lucid new readings with a fresh perspective to these dramatic texts. The study emphasizes the importance of context for understanding metaphorical meaning and challenges previous scholarship which has read such language in terms of the traditional concept of “the marriage metaphor” and the hypothetical background of cultic prostitution.

Moughtin-Mumby establishes herself as a cooperative reader of some scurrilous biblical texts, and shows how, in the face of their appalling misogyny and sexual violence, an honest reading can lead to their deconstruction and even be a source of hope.

Journal for the Study of Marriage and Spirituality

Stimulating monograph . . . The work certainly succeeds in demonstrating ‘the sheer variety and innovation of the prophetic sexual and marital metaphorical language’ (p.48) and argues convincingly for the importance of reading such passages without the straightjacket which has often been imposed upon them.

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

Sharon Moughtin-Mumby received her doctorate from Oxford University.

Zadok’s Heirs: The Role and Development of the High Priesthood in Ancient Israel

  • Author: Deborah W. Rooke
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 400

This unique study is the first in-depth examination of the high priesthood in ancient Israel, from the earliest local chief priests in the pre-monarchic period up to the Hasmonaean priest-kings in the first century BC. Deborah Rooke offers fresh insights about the nature of the high priesthood and challenges traditional scholarly approaches to the topic.

Deborah Rooke offers detailed and carefully ordered investigations of a wide range of primary source materials . . . Her comprehension of this vast array of writings, her familiarity with the secondary literature about them, and the erudition she so often displays make this a truly remarkable book, not least for the amount and quality of the information it has to offer.

Biblical Interpretation

This is a very fine piece of old-fashioned historical research.

Church Times

Deborah W. Rooke is a lecturer in Old Testament Studies at King’s College in London.

Early Israelite Wisdom

  • Author: Stuart Weeks
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 224

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This is a new and ground-breaking study of the nature and origins of the earliest material in the book of Proverbs, drawing on evidence from Israel and neighboring countries in the ancient Near East. This literature has been widely believed to have originated as pedagogical material, designed for the education of future administrators in the royal bureaucracy from the time of Solomon. That belief has played an important part not only in the interpretation of the texts, but in reconstructions of Israelite society and history. In this book, Weeks challenges this belief, arguing that it is largely founded on assumptions which are now widely discredited, and he sets out to re-evaluate the evidence in the light of more recent research. Weeks’s illuminating conclusions will have important implications for the future study of this material, and for our understanding of ancient Israel’s society and history.

Every once in a while a book comes along that challenges the ‘assured results’ of a particular field of inquiry. So impressive are the challenges of the book that one’s perspective on the field of inquiry is significantly altered. Certainly, Stuart Weeks has presented such a challenge to the assured results of Israelite wisdom studies.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Stuart Weeks is the senior lecturer in the department of theology and religion at Durham University.

Product Details

  • Title: Oxford Theological Monographs on the Old Testament
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 2,584