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History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
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Overview

This academic collection on Old Testament interpretation is jam-packed with over 4,000 pages of exegetical resources. History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.) is an essential study of linguistics, Biblical criticism, literary styles, textual criticism, translations, and contextual issues such as politics, culture, and society. This set also contains histories and case studies of biblical studies on these topics. Other subjects covered include humor and creativity in the Old Testament. With over twenty authors and editors contributing, this collection boasts an impressive amount of biblical scholarship and study.

History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.) is perfect for any student, professor, or anyone wanting to learn more about the context and specific history of the Old Testament—these books cover a wide variety of exegetical and interpretative topics. With the Logos edition, all Scripture references are linked to the Bibles in your library, making study easy and effective.

Key Features

  • Over 4,000 pages of exegetic resources
  • Premier scholarship by over 20 authors and editors
  • Includes detailed table of contents, indexes, and bibliographies to guide research and study

Individual Titles

The Bible and the Enlightenment: A Case Study: Alexander Geddes 1737–1802

  • Author: William Johnstone
  • Publisher: T&T Clark International
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 272

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This volume contains the proceedings of a conference held to mark the bicentenary of the death of Alexander Geddes (1737–1802). Geddes, a product of the Scottish and French Enlightenment, was a Roman Catholic priest; a pioneering biblical critic; a poet, some of whose works have been attributed to Robert Burns; and a political radical who studied in Paris before the French Revolution, which provided the background to the chief phase of his activity, ca. 1780–1800. This work is of interest to historians and to students of the Bible and English literature. The international panel of contributors includes Tom Levine on the political social and religious background, A.G. Aulg, Bultmann, C. Coury, J.W. Rogerson, J.L. Ska and M. Vervenne on Geddes’s biblical works, and Elinor Shaffer, G. Carruthers and L. McIlvanney on his literary works.

An important contribution to the history of biblical criticism.

—Review in International Review of Biblical Studies, vol 51, 2004/05

William Johnstone is Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and former Head of the Department of Divinity with Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Bible Translation on the Threshold of the Twenty–First Century: Authority, Reception, Culture, and Religion

  • Editors: Athalya Brenner & Jan Willem van Henten
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 208

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The format of the new The Bible in the 21st Century series reflects an international dialogue between experts and graduate students. In this book, experts on Bible translations present essays on the practices of translating the Bible for the present and the future, through Christian and Jewish approaches, in Western Europe and North America as well as in the former Eastern Bloc and in Africa. Each paper is paired with a response. The international contributors here include Adele Berlin, John Rogerson, Robert Carroll, Mary Phil Korsak, Everett Fox, Jeremy Punt and Athalya Brenner, and the debate is prefaced with an introduction by the Editors.

...readers are given invaluable insight into some of the major issues facing Bible translation these days as well as a fine introduction into some of the translators themselves.

—Leonard J. Greenspoon, Creighton University

Athalya Brenner is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Rosalyn and Manny Rosenthal Distinguished Professor-in-Residence of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.

Jan Willem van Henten is Professor of New Testament and Hellenistic Jewish Literature in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, and Director of the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion.

Biblical Studies and the Shifting of Paradigms, 1850–1914

  • Editors: Henning Graf Reventlow & William R. Farmer
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 297

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This volume contains the contributions to a symposium in which specialists in different fields worked together in the attempt to throw by their cooperation more light on the conditions—theological convictions and worldview, political climate, influence of state officials, educational institutions and churches—which were influential in the development of biblical studies in the second half of the 19th century. The volume contains a collection of essays which have in common that all of them contribute to a better knowledge of the inner and outer conditions which formed climate and results of Biblical interpretation in the period.

Henning Graf Reventlow is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Exegesis and Theology, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of the Ruhr, Bochum, Germany.

William R. Farmer is Professor of New Testament at the University of Dallas and co-editor of Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins (Trinity 1998).

Creative Biblical Exegesis: Christian and Jewish Hermeneutics through the Centuries

  • Editors: Henning Graf Reventlow and Benjamin Uffenheimer
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 225

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These papers were presented to a unique conference held in Israel in December 1985, sponsored by Tel Aviv University and the University of Bochum in the Federal Republic of Germany. Discussion of Christian and Jewish exegesis in historical perspective was not only mutually illuminating, but also laid the foundations for a new level of Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Henning Graf Reventlow is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Exegesis and Theology, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of the Ruhr, Bochum, Germany.

Benjamin Uffenheimer was Professor of Bible at Tel Aviv University and served as the head of its Bible Department. He died in 1996.

Forms of Deformity

  • Author: Lynn Holden
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 370

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A vigorous imagination is the principal source for many of the abnormalities of fictional characters. Many of the motifs also bear some relation to the rituals and religious symbols embraced by the people among whom they are or were at one time, current. Another important source can be found in symbolism of a religious or social kind. This motif-index is the first to present and analyze this material in biblical narrative and post-biblical literature down to the twelfth century CE; it lists all possible abnormalities, deformities and disabilities, arranged according to the parts of the body affected and the type of deformity, sums up the narrative and gives the explicit or implicit reason for its appearance.

Lynn Holden is an academic at the University of Edinburgh. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Mythology.

History and Interpretation: Essays in Honor of John H. Hayes

  • Editors: M. Patrick Graham, Jeffrey K. Kaun, & William P. Brown
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 267

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History and Interpretation is a collection of seventeen essays on the Old Testament and the history of ancient Israel and commemorates the sixtieth birthday of John H. Hayes, Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology (Emory University). All the contributors were Hayes's doctoral students at Emory, and their essays cover a wide range of topics that reflect their teachers own scholarly interests-from historical geography and the history of ancient Israel to religion, theology, and the exegesis of individual texts. The methodologies employed are equally diverse: some focus on text-critical or form-critical issues, while others are essentially historical, rhetorical, or literary critical studies. Three essays are devoted to the Pentateuch, three to the Historical Books, four to the Prophets, and seven to the history of ancient Israel. A bibliography of Professor Hayes's publications is also included.

M. Patrick Graham is Margaret A. Pitts Associate Professor of Theological Bibliography at Candler School of Theology, and Director of Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta.

Jeffrey K. Kaun is Professor of Old Testament at Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Minha Le–Nahum: Biblical and Other Studies Presented to Nahum M. Sarna in Honour of His 70th Birthday

  • Editors: Marc Zvi Brettler and Michael Fishbane
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 489

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Nahum Sarna's distinctive and original scholarship has taken in a wide range of subject areas from work on Genesis and the Psalms to his Jewish Bible commentary and the English translation of the Ketuvim. At first Assistant Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in the 1950s, he was Dora Golding Professor of Bible at Brandeis University from 1965 to his retirement. This collection of 22 essays reflects Professor Sarna's breadth of interests, with contributions from the late Gershon Cohen on the Hebrew Crusade Chronicle and the Ashkenazic tradition; Judah Goldin on Reuben; Moshe Greenberg and Jonas Greenfield on the work of the Jewish Publication Society's Ketuvim translators; and Shemaryahu Talmon on fragments of a Psalms scroll from Masada.

Marc Zvi Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University

Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, USA.

On Humour and the Comic in the Hebrew Bible

  • Editors: Yehuda T. Radday and Athalya Brenner
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 328

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Humor is not a typical topic in Biblical studies, but editors Yeduda T. Radday and Athalya Brenner find that an examination of the comic is a necessary part of Hebrew exegesis. Finding the humor embedded in various texts and in the linguistic styles throughout the Old Testament lends a greater understanding to the context and cultural study of these books. In this collection of essays, humor in names, laughter, humor in the Prophetic books, parody, as well as an introduction to different forms of humor in general and in an historical context.

Essays Included

  • "Between Intentionality and Reception: Acknowledgement and Application (A Preview)," A. Brenner and Y.T. Radday
  • "On Missing the Humor in the Bible: An Introduction," Y.T. Radday
  • "On the Semantic Field of Humor, Laughter, and the Comic in the Old Testament," A. Brenner
  • "Humor in Names," Y.T. Radday
  • "Humor as a Tool for Biblical Exegesis," F. Landy
  • "Isaac, Samson, and Saul: Reflections on the Comic and Tragic Visions," JC. Exum and J.W. Whedbee
  • "Wit, Words, and a Woman: 1 Samuel 25," M. Garsiel
  • "Is Humor Also Among the Prophets?," R.P. Carroll
  • "Joking in Jeremiah 18," P.R. Davies
  • "Laughing at the Bible: Jonah as Parody," J. Miles
  • "The Comedy of Job," W. Whedbee
  • “'Come Back, Come Back the Shulammite' (Song of Songs 7:1–10): A Parody of the WASF Genre," A. Brenner
  • "Qohelet’s Fool: A Composite Portrait," E. Levine
  • "Esther with Humor," Y.T. Radday

Yehuda T. Radday is Associate Professor of Bible and Hebrew at Israel Institute of Technology.

Athalya Brenner is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Rosalyn and Manny Rosenthal Distinguished Professor-in-Residence of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.

On the Way to Canon: Creative Tradition in the Old Testament

  • Author: Magne Sæbø
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 408

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In this collection of essays—many of them here published in English for the first time—the distinguished Norwegian Old Testament scholar, Magne Sæbø, investigates the complex and variegated history of traditions constituting the literature of the Old Testament. Professor Sæbø provides tradition-historical studies of particular texts (such as the 'revelation' of God's name in Exodus and passages presenting the early preaching of Isaiah) and of particular theological themes (such as the priestly theology in the Pentateuch and the relation of apocalyptic to prophecy and wisdom), as well as more wide-ranging considerations of the significance of tradition history in Old Testament studies. The focus is on the diverse and creative development of the traditions, and on the final transition from pluriformity to canonical unity.

Magne Sæbø has been Professor of Old Testament, since 1970, at the Free Faculty of Theology, Oslo, Norway.

Text as Pretext: Essays in Honour of Robert Davidson

  • Editor: Robert P. Carroll
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 307

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This collection of essays in honour of Professor Robert Davidson celebrates a number of notable achievements of this outstanding Scottish churchman and scholar. It is published for the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, but it also marks his retirement from full-time university teaching and nods in the direction of his having been the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1990-91). The guiding principle governing this collection of essays is the notion of the Bible as the generator of other texts and cultural productions. The contributors are drawn from Davidson's wide range of colleagues and former students and focus on many different aspects of this generative force within the Bible itself and in materials related to it. Contributors include A. G. Auld, J. M. G. Barclay, E. Best, J. C. L. Gibson, W. Johnstone, H. A. McKay, J. K. Riches, and the editor, among others.

Robert P. Carroll is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Topic, Focus and Foreground in Ancient Hebrew Narratives

  • Author: Jean–Marc Heimerdinger
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 288

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This study breaks new ground in describing how various linguistic and pragmatic mechanisms affect both the form of the narrative clause and the arrangement of the grammatical elements. The various possible forms that a narrative clause can take are classified in terms of their “topic-comment” and “focus-presupposition”, and it is argued that the way in which these are articulated dictates the word order in the clause. The outcome of the study demonstrates that the traditional binary distinction between foreground and background, based purely on verb forms, is inadequate. A new model is offered showing how foregrounding is achieved by exploiting cognitive structures or by using specific evaluative devices.

Jean–Marc Heimerdinger is a lecturer in Hebrew and Judaism at London Bible College (Associated College of Brunel University), Northwood, Middlesex.

Tracking ‘The Tribes of Yahweh’: On the Trail of a Classic

  • Author: Roland Boer
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 216

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Norman Gottwald's monumental The Tribes of Yahweh caused an immediate sensation when first published in 1979, and its influence has continued to be felt, both in the area of biblical politics and in the application of sociological methods to the Hebrew Bible. This book reflects on the impact and the implications of the work after twenty years. The distinguished contributors are David Jobling, Frank Frick, Charles Carter, Carol Meyers, Jacques Berlinerblau, Itumeleng Mosala, Gerald West, Roland Boer and, in a response to contributors as well as an interview with the editor, Norman Gottwald himself.

Roland Boer is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University, Australia.

W.M.L. de Wette, Founding of Modern Biblical Criticism: An Intellectual Biography

  • Author: John W. Rogerson
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 313

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W.M.L. de Wette (1780–1849) was not only one of the founders of modern Old Testament criticism. His loss and recovery of Christian faith, his dismissal from his post in Berlin in 1819 on political grounds and his long subsequent exile in Basel left their mark upon his work in New Testament ethics, dogmatics and aesthetics. This first modern critical study of de Wette's life and work evaluates his achievements in the context of his own times and assesses their importance on modern biblical scholars.

John W. Rogerson is a former head of the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield and Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral.

The Word “Hesed” in the Hebrew Bible

  • Author: Gordon R. Clark
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 286

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This impressive semantic study, with a useful glossary of special and technical terms, develops an original methodology, bringing new insights into the meaning of a much-discussed word. Working with an immense amount of data, obtained by examining every occurrence in the Hebrew Bible of 35 field elements, the author achieves a new degree of semantic refinement based on meticulous quantitative analysis of distribution, collocations, parallels and syntagms. Sense-relations are formulated between hesed and other related terms. This study provides much material for a better understanding of this crucial term for Hebrew thought, and also makes an important theoretical contribution to Hebrew lexicography.

Gordon R. Clark is a former head of the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield and Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral.

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  • Title: History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 4,244