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Sheffield Reader Collection (12 vols.)
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Overview

This collection brings together the complete Sheffield Reader series. Each title in the series assembles some of the best articles on major fields of Old and New Testament studies from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The volumes are designed to provide students a convenient and up-to-date briefing on developments in several fields of biblical studies. They will be of equal interest to scholars seeking engaging and comprehensive volumes on major topics across the spectrum of biblical studies.

About the Sheffield Reader Series

The Sheffield Reader series collects the best articles on major fields of Old and New Testament studies from both the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. The range of the each volume reflects the breadth of the journals themselves. Hence the reader will find ground-breaking studies which introduce new critical questions and move into fresh areas of enquiry, surveys of the state of play in a particular topic of Old or New Testament studies, and articles which engage with each other in specific debates.

For students these volumes offer an invaluable critical introduction to a particular subject. More advanced students and scholars can use them to find background material for their own area of interest, or to gain an overview of the research in an area outside their specialty.

These titles build on the reputation of JSOT and JSNT as a conduit for first-class research and a major influence within the scholarly community.

Individual Titles

The Synoptic Gospels

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 31 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 313

Featuring a selection of essays from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament chosen by two top scholars in the field of biblical studies.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

The Johannine Writings

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 32 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 267

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This volume collects an array of scholarly articles from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament dealing with the Johannine writings and related issues. Separated into two parts, “The Gospel of John and its Influences” and “The Revelation of John,” the work features essays by B. Lindars (“Discourse and Tradition: The Use of the Sayings of Jesus in the Discourses of the Fourth Gospel”), R. Bauckham (“The Beloved Disciple as Ideal Author”), J. J. Gunther (“The Elder John: Author of Revelation”) and many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

The Historical Jesus

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 33 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 314

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This volume features a generous assortment of essays from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament on the historical Jesus. Discussing the issue under three headings, “Jesus, Discipleship and Covenant,” “Exegetical Aspects of Jesus’ Teaching,” and “Linguistic and Stylistic Aspects of Jesus’ Teaching,” the work presents the thoughts of well-known scholars on a variety of specific issues. Contributors include D. J. Moo (“Jesus and the Authority of Mosaic Law”), A. Ito (“The Question of the Authority of the Ban on Swearing”), M. Black (“The Aramaic Dimensions in Q with Notes on Luke 17.22 and Matthew 24.26 (Luke 17.23)”), and many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

The Pauline Writings

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 34 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 300

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A collection of essays from leading academics in the field of Pauline studies culled from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. This volume is broken down into four sections: “Paul the Apostle, Pauline Interpretation of Sacred Tradition,” “Pauline Theology,” and “Pauline Letter-Form and Rhetoric.” Contributors include D. Lüthermann (“Paul and the Pharisaic Tradition”), J. W. Aageson (“Typology, Correspondence, and the Application of Scripture in Romans 9-11”), K. Snodgrass (“Spheres of Influence: A Possible Solution to the Problem of Paul and the Law”) amongst many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

The Pentateuch

  • Editor: John W. Rogerson
  • Vol. 39 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 371

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Featuring top scholars in the field of Old Testament studies, this volume presents select essays from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament on the Pentateuch. Contributors include Rolf Rendtorff (“The ‘Yahwist’ as Theologian? The Dilemma of Pentateuchal Criticism”), Robert L. Cohn (“Narrative Structure and Canonical Perspective in Genesis”), Eckart Otto (“Town and Rural Countryside in Ancient Israelite Law: Reception and Redaction in Cuneiform and Israelite Law”), and many others.

John W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

The Historical Books

  • Editor: J. Cheryl Exum
  • Vol. 40 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 383

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This volume assembles a broad selection of essays from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament on the historical books. Split into three sections, “Joshua, Judges Ruth,” “Samuel, Kings,” and “Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah,” the volume features contributions from some of the finest scholars in the field. Included are works by Keith W. Whitelam (“The Identity of Early Israel: The Realignment and Transformation of Late Bronze-Iron Age Palestine”), Frank Anthony Spina (“Eli’s Seat: The Transition from Priest to Prophet in 1 Samuel 1-4”), Sara Japhet (“The Historical Reliability of Chronicles: The History of the Problem and its Place in Biblical Research”), and others.

J. Cheryl Exum is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield

The Poetical Books

  • Editor: David Clines
  • Vol. 41 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 370

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Bringing together a large selection of essays from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament on the Poetical books, this volume features contributions from renowned scholars in the field. Included are works by Luis Alonso Schökel (“The Poetic Structure of Psalms 42-43”), Walter Brueggemann (“Psalms and the Life of Faith: A Suggested Typology of Function”), Stuart Lasine (“Bird’s-Eye and Worm’s-Eye Views of Justice in the Book of Job”), and many others.

David Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

The Prophets

  • Editor: Philip R. Davies
  • Vol. 42 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 388

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Featuring essays from Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, this volume gathers the thought of an array of scholars on the Prophets. Under four headings, “What are the Prophets?,” “The Composition of Prophetic Books,” “Prophetic Ideology,” and “Reading Prophecy,” the volume covers a wide variety of essays on the topic. Contributors include A. Graeme Auld (“Prophets Through the Looking Glass: Between Writings and Moses”), J. Blenkinsopp (“Second Isaiah–Prophet of Universalism”), Fokkelien Van Duk-Hemmes (“The Imagination of Power and the Power of Imagination, an Intertextual Analysis of Two Biblical Love Songs: The Song of Songs and Hosea 2”), amongst others.

Philip R. Davies is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.

New Testament Backgrounds

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 43 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 335

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Presenting a thorough sampling of the myriad of scholarly thought on New Testament backgrounds, this volume collects essays from the renowned Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Contributors include T. Ewald Schmidt (“Hostility to Wealth in Philo of Alexandria”), Klyne R. Snodgrass (“Streams of Tradition Emerging from Isaiah 40.1-5 and their Adaptation in the New Testament”), John G. Nordling (“Onesimus Fugitivus: A Defense of the Runaway Slave Hypothesis in Philemon”), and many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

New Testament Text and Language

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 44 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 311

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This volume brings together an assortment of essays from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Illuminating the text and language of the New Testament are several top scholars in the field, including Carroll D. Osburn (“The Search for the Original Text of Acts – The International Project on the Text of Acts”), R. McL. Wilson (“Of Words and Meanings”), A. J. M. Wedderburn (“Some Observations on Paul’s Use of the Phrases ‘in Christ’ and ‘with Christ’”), and many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

New Testament Interpretation and Methods

  • Editors: Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans
  • Vol. 45 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 321

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Collecting select articles from the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, this volume examines New Testament interpretation and methods from a variety of viewpoints. In two sections, “Principles” and “Practice”, distinguished scholars contribute essays on a number of important topics. Contributors include Christopher M. Tuckett (“The Griesbach Hypothesis in the Nineteenth Century”), F. Gerald Downing (“Redaction Criticism: Josephus’s Antiquities and the Synoptic Gospels”) Frances M. Young (“The Pastoral Epistles and the Ethics of Reading”), and many others.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Stanley E. Porter is Principal, Dean and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Canada.

Social-Scientific Old Testament Criticism

  • Editor: David J. Chalcraft
  • Vol. 47 in the Biblical Seminar series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 395

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Featuring some of the best essays from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Each of the volume’s six sections (including “Theory and Methodology,” “Sociology of Knowledge,” “Early Israel in Sociological and Anthropological Perspective,” “The Regulation of Social Life: Law, Ethics and Deviance,” “Stratification, Power and Social Justice,” and “Social Groupings and Social Roles”) feature scholarly elaborations on significant issues within the field of social-scientific Old Testament Criticism. Contributors include James W. Flanagan (“Chiefs in Israel”), Lyn M. Bechtel (“Shame as a Sanction of Social Control in Biblical Israel: Judicial, Political, and Social Shaming”).

David J. Chalcraft is Head of Sociology at the University of Derby.

Product Details

  • Title: Sheffield Reader Collection (12 vols.)
  • Series: Biblical Seminar
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Volumes: 12
  • Pages: 4,068