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This volume assembles essays and article written by scholars who have a close connection with William McKane, a dedicate scholar of the Hebrew Bible. McKane’s scholarship has focused on Wisdom literature, prophecy, and other themes from the Hebrew Bible, and he is best known for his commentaries on Proverbs and Jeremiah. Contributors to this volume include:

• Israelite Religion in the Pre-Exilic Period: A Debate Renewed, E.W. Nicholson

• Sons of Cain, Philip R. Davies

• “Blessed Be My People Egypt” (Isaiah 19.25): The Context and Meaning of a Remarkable Passage, John F.A. Sawyer

• Lamentations 1.3: Light from the History of Exegesis, R.B. Salters

• The Great Tree of Daniel 4, P.W. Coxon

• Guilt and Atonement: The Theme of 1 and 2 Chronicles, William Johnstone

• Ben Sira—A Child of His Time, J.D. Martin

• The Prophetic-Sapiential Origins of Apocalyptic Thought, James C. VanderKam

• Food for Thought: The Septuagint Translation of Genesis 1.11–12, B. Paradis

• Towards Dating the Targum of Ruth, D.R.G. Beattie

• A Prelude to the Samaritan Pentateuch Texts of the Paris Polyglot Bible, J.G. Fraser

Author Bio

Philip R. Davies (1945–) is a biblical scholar with interests in early Judaism, ancient Israel, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He earned degrees from Oxford University and the University of St. Andrews.

In 1974, Davies began teaching at the University of Sheffield, where he is now the Research Professor of Biblical Studies. He served as a co-founder of Sheffield Academic Press, the academic imprint based at the University of Sheffield.

Davies contributed volumes in several different collections including the Sheffield Reader CollectionStudies on the Prophets, and the Studies on Genesis. He has authored and edited several books and essays like First Person: Essays in Biblical Autobiography and The Bible in Human Society: Essays in Honor of John Rogerson.