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Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi'im (7 vols.)
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Overview

The Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi'im collection offers the scholar explorations of issues pertaining to the prophet books of the Old Testament. Written with the academic in mind, the seven volumes capture a variety of fascinating thoughts on these foundational books. Topics include the narrative of Saul in biblical and modern texts, the ancient Greek translation of Isaiah, the variations between the Hebrew and Greek versions of Jeremiah, the final form of Hosea in the context of Persian-period Judah, the book of Amos as performance, the relationship between priests and prophets, and shame in the Hebrew Bible.

The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement (renamed the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies in 2005) is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates. All the many and diverse aspects of Old Testament study are represented and promoted in the series, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

The series was launched by Sheffield Academic Press in 1976, and is published regularly by T & T Clark International as The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. This world-class religious academic publishing program is both interdisciplinary and international in scope, incorporating Sheffield Academic Press, T & T Clark and Trinity Press International.

Key Features

  • Topics include St. Paul, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, and more
  • Ideal for students and teachers

Individual Titles

Three Faces of Saul: An Intertextual Approach to Biblical Tragedy

  • Author: Sarah L Nicholson
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 339
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 278

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A fascinating intertextual study of the classic biblical tragedy of Saul, the first king of Israel, as first narrated in biblical narrative and later reworked in Lamartine's drama Saul: Tragédie and Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. Plot and characterization are each explored in detail in this study, and in each of the narrations the hero's tragic fate emerges both as the result of a character flaw and also as a consequence of the ambivalent role of the deity, showing a double theme underlying not only the biblical vision but also its two very different retellings nearer to our own times.

Sarah L Nicholson is Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow.

When We All Go Home: Translation and Theology in LXX Isaiah 56-66

  • Author: David Baer
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 318
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 304

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Paying special attention to chapters 56-66, David Baer analyses the labor that resulted in the Greek Isaiah. He compares the Greek text with extant Hebrew texts and with early biblical versions to show that the translator has approached his craft with homiletical interests in mind. This earliest translator of Isaiah produces a preached text, at the same time modifying his received tradition in theological and nationalistic directions which would reach their full flower in Targumic and Rabbinical literature.

In basic agreement with recent work on other portions of the Septuagint, the Greek Isaiah is seen to be an elegant work of Hellenistic literature whose linguistic fluidity expresses the convictions and longings of a deeply Palestinian soul.

David Baer is Principal and Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica.

The Open Book and the Sealed Book: Jeremiah 32 in its Hebrew and Greek Recensions

  • Author: Andrew Shead
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 347
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 320

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This volume examines the translation technique of the Septuagint of Jeremiah 32 and the nature of the variations between Greek and Hebrew versions of its text. In a discipline where equivocal data are often used to generate novel texts, Shead attempts to limit the subjectivity of his results by grounding the study in a textlinguistic analysis of discourse markers in Jeremiah. The results suggest that the current scholarly consensus about the priority of the text underlying the Septuagint is exaggerated, since far more of the variation between the two texts than hitherto acknowledged is haplographic.

Andrew Shead is Lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College, Newtown, Australia.

Reading Hosea in Achaemenid Yehud

  • Author: James M. Trotter
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 328
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 236

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This volume offers an examination of the final form of Hosea within the socio-historical context of Persian period Judah. It makes use of insights from historical-critical and reader-oriented perspectives. The amalgamation of these two seemingly divergent approaches creates a framework within which the setting and interpretive practices of both the modern critic and the ancient reader can be taken seriously. The resulting examination proposes a reading of Hosea shaped, as far as possible, by the reading conventions and socio-religious concerns of Persian period Judahites.

James M. Trotter is Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Amos in Song and Book Culture

  • Author: Joyce Rilett Wood
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 337
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 260

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This study argues that the gist and movement of the prophecy in the book of Amos can be attributed to Amos himself, who composed a coherent cycle of poetry. His dire predictions came after the Fall of Samaria but before the Fall of Jerusalem. Writing a century later, the author of the book preserved but updated Amos's text by fitting it into a developing literary, historical and prophetic tradition. Amos is used as a test case to show that prophecy originated in the performing arts but was later transformed into history and biography. The original prophecy is a song Amos recited at symposia or festivals. The book's interest focuses on the performer and his times.

Joyce Rilett Wood has taught at various universities, most recently at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently works in Toronto.

The Priests in the Prophets: The Portrayal of Priests, Prophets, and Other Religious Specialists in the Latter Prophets

  • Editors: Lester Grabbe and Alice Ogdon Bellis
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 408
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 224

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Since at least the 19th century Hebrew Bible scholarship has traditionally seen priests and prophets as natural opponents, with different social spheres and worldviews. In recent years several studies have started to question this perspective. The Priests in the Prophets examines how the priests are portrayed in the Latter Prophets and analyzes the relationship between priests and prophets. The contributors also provide insights into the place of priests, prophets, and some other religious specialists in Israelite and Judean society in pre-exilic and post-exilic times.

Lester Grabbe, MA(Pasadena), PhD(Claremont), DD(Hull), is Professor Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull

Alice Ogdon Bellis is Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C.

The Construction of Shame in the Hebrew Bible: The Prophetic Contribution

  • Author: Johanna Stiebert
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volume: 346
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 200

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This book explores the phenomenon of shame in the Hebrew bible. It focuses particularly on the Major Prophets, because shame vocabulary is most prominent there. Shame has been widely discussed in the literature of psychology and anthropology; the book discusses the findings of both disciplines in some detail. It emphasizes the social-anthropological honor/shame model, which a considerable number of biblical scholars since the early 1990s have embraced enthusiastically. The author highlights the shortcomings of this heuristic model and proposes a number of alternative critical approaches.

Johanna Stiebert is Lecturer of Hebrew Studies at the University of Botswana.

Product Details

  • Title: Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi'im (7 vols.)
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series (JSOTS)
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 1,822