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Words Remembered, Texts Renewed: Essays in Honour of John F. A. Sawyer


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To mark the retirement of John F. A. Sawyer, Professor of Religious Studies in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, colleagues and former students from around the world have contributed studies on his areas of interest: the study of Hebrew, the books of the Jewish Bible, and the culture and traditions of Judaism. The essayists consider not simply the origin of the meaning of word and text, but also the many and strange ways in which word and text become transposed, re-oriented and often enough traduced by later interests and purposes. The roll call of scholars reads: Philip Alexander, Francis Andersen, Graeme Auld, Calvin Carmichael, Robert Carroll, David Clines, Richard Coggins, Jon Davies, Philip Davies, James Dunn, John Elwolde, John Gibson, Graham Harvey, Peter Hayman, Dermot Killingley, Jonathan Magonet, Robert Morgan, Takamitsu Muraoka, Christopher Rowland, Deborah Sawyer, Clyde Curry Smith, Max Sussman, William Telford, Marc Vervenne, Wilfred Watson, Keith Whitelam and Isabel Wollaston.

Words Remembered, Texts Renewed: Essays in Honour of John F. A. Sawyer is a fantastic addition to your Logos Bible Software library. Searching these essays is quick and easy in electronic format, and Scripture references are readily available with a mouse-over. An excellent set of resources regarding the Judaic tradition, this collection will benefit pastors, students, professors, and laity.

Key Features

  • Index of essay authors
  • Outline of the life and works of John F. A. Sawyer
  • Twenty-eight essays on Judaism and Hebrew in the Bible


  • "All They Need is Love: Once More Genesis 6:1-4," Marc Vervenne
  • "Traditions of Remembrance: Post-Holocaust Interpretations of Genesis 22," Isabel Wollaston
  • "What Biblical Scholars Might Learn from Emily Dickinson," Francis J. Andersen
  • "The Names of God in Biblical Narratives," Jonathan Magonet
  • "The Ten Commandments, Reading from Left to Right," David Clines
  • "The Suffering of Witches and Children: Uses of the Witchcraft Passages in the Bible," Graham Harvey
  • "What Does 'Deuteronomistic' Mean?" Richard Coggins
  • "Sociology of History: Towards a (Human) History of Ancient Palestine?" Keith Whitelam
  • "Reading Joshua after Kings," Graeme Auld
  • "Aha! Assyria! Rod of my Fury, Very Staff of My Sentencing-Curse," Clyde Curry Smith
  • "God of Cyrus, God of Israel: Some Religio-Historical Reflections on Isaiah 40-55," Philip Davies
  • "Revisionings: Echoes and Traces of Isaiah in the Poetry of William Blake," Robert Carroll
  • "Hosea III in the Septuagint Version," Takamitsu Muraoka
  • "Some Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to the Song of Songs," Wilfred Watson
  • "Coordination by Vav in Biblical Hebrew," John Gibson
  • "Moses and Patmos: Reflections on the Jewish Background of Early Christianity," Christopher Rowland
  • "Water and Blood: Birthing Images in John's Gospel," Deborah Sawyer
  • "The Marriage at Cana of Galilee," Calum Carmichael
  • "Using Scripture: Community and Letterality," Gerard Loughlin
  • "Historical Text as Historical Text: Some Basic Hermeneutical Reflections in Relation to the New Testament," James Dunn
  • "The New Testament in Fiction and Film: A Biblical Scholar's Perspective," William R. Telford
  • "On the Unity of Scripture," Robert Morgan
  • "A Sixtieth Part of Prophecy: The Problem of Continuing Revelation in Judaism," Philip Alexander
  • "The 'Original Text': A Scholarly Illusion?" Peter Hayman
  • "Isaac Israeli and his Sefer Hasheten: Glasgow MS Hunter 477," Max Sussman
  • "The Mahberet of Menahem: Proposals for a Lexicographic Theory, with Sample Translation and Notes," John Elwolde
  • "Rammohun Roy and Bishop Heber's View of the Trinity," Dermot Killingley
  • "Judaism Traduced: The House of Lords and the War Crimes Debate, 1989-1990," Jon Davies

Product Details

  • Title: Words Remembered, Texts Renewed: Essays in Honour of John F. A. Sawyer
  • Editors: Jon Davies, Graham Harvey, and Wilfred G. E. Watson
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 545

About John F. A. Sawyer

John F. A. Sawyer was Head of Religious Studies at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and is now Senior Research Fellow at University College of St Martin, Lancaster. He has written numerous biblical resources, including A Modern Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and Its Reception.

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Digital list price: $49.99
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