Download The Prostitute and the Prophet: Hosea's Marriage in by Yvonne M. Sherwood PDF

By Yvonne M. Sherwood

The one consensus that has been reached on Hosea 1-3 is that it's a notoriously 'problematic' textual content. Sherwood unpicks this fairly imprecise assertion through interpreting the actual complexities of the textual content and frictions among the textual content and reader that conspire to supply this sort of disorientating impression. 4 dimensions of the 'problem' are thought of: the clash among textual content and reader over the 'improper' dating among Hosea and Gomer; the unusual prophetic sign-language that conscripts humans right into a cosmic charade; the text's propensity to subvert its vital theses; and the emergent tensions among the feminist reader and the textual content. Aiming to assemble literary feedback and biblical scholarship, this e-book presents lucid introductions to ideological feedback, semiotics, deconstruction and feminist feedback, and appears on the implications of those ways not just for the e-book of Hosea yet for religious study commonly.

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Download Six Minor Prophets Through the Centuries: Nahum, Habakkuk, by Richard J. Coggins, Jin H. Han PDF

By Richard J. Coggins, Jin H. Han

Six Minor Prophets during the Centuries is the paintings of hugely revered biblical students, Richard Coggins and Jin H. Han. the amount explores the wealthy and complicated reception historical past of the final six Minor Prophets in Jewish and Christian exegesis, theology, worship, and humanities. this article is the paintings of 2 hugely revered biblical scholarsIt explores the wealthy and intricate reception heritage of the final six Minor Prophets in Jewish and Christian theology and exegesis

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Download Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible by Carolyn J. Sharp PDF

By Carolyn J. Sharp

Was God being ironic in commanding Eve to not devour fruit from the tree of knowledge? Carolyn J. Sharp means that many tales within the Hebrew Scriptures could be sarcastically meant. Deftly interweaving literary concept and exegesis, Sharp illumines the facility of the unstated in a wide selection of texts from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings. She argues that analyzing with irony in brain creates a charged and open rhetorical house within the texts that enables personality, narration, and authorial voice to increase in unforeseen methods. major topics explored the following comprise the ironizing of international rulers, the prostitute as icon of the ironic gaze, indeterminacy and dramatic irony in prophetic functionality, and irony in historic Israel's knowledge traditions. Sharp devotes distinctive consciousness to how irony destabilizes dominant ways that the Bible is learn at the present time, specifically whilst it touches on questions of clash, gender, and the Other.

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Download Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Construction of Early Jewish by Bob Becking PDF

By Bob Becking

The post-exilic of Persian interval confirmed a transition within the faith in historic Israel from Yahwism(s) to Judaism(s). The occasions of exile and go back made it very unlikely to fully fall again at the conventional spiritual id. The essays during this quantity try and reconstruct the trail taken in that transition. The characters of Ezra and Nehemiah are typically obvious as enjoying a formative function during this strategy. through analyzing texts from the biblical books supposedly written via Ezra and Nehemiah in a religio-historical context, new gentle falls at the technique of swap.

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Download Land of Our Fathers: The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in by Francesca Stavrakopoulou PDF

By Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The biblical motif of a land divinely-promised and given to Abraham and his descendants is argued to be an ideological reflex of post-monarchic, territorial disputes among competing socio-religious groups. The vital biblical motif of a Promised Land is based upon the traditional close to japanese inspiration of ancestral land: hereditary area upon which households lived, labored, died and have been buried. a vital section of proposal of ancestral land used to be the assumption within the autopsy lifestyles of the ancestors, who have been commemorated with grave choices, mortuary feasts, bone rituals and status stones.

The Hebrew Bible is plagued by tales bearing on those practices and ideology, but the categorical correlation of ancestor veneration and likely biblical land claims has long past unrecognized. The booklet treatments this in featuring facts for the very important and protracted impression of ancestor veneration upon land claims. It proposes that ancestor veneration, which shaped a typical floor within the reviews of varied socio-religious teams in old Israel, grew to become within the Hebrew Bible an ideological battlefield upon which claims to the land have been gained and lost. 

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Download Polar Structures in the Book of Qohelet by J. A. Loader PDF

By J. A. Loader

Loader teilt Koh 1,12-12,18 in dreißig Perikopen ein, die er in eigener englischer Übersetzung wiedergibt und auf “polare", d.h. in Spannung zueinander stehende Denkstrukturen untersucht, so daß unter diesem Gesichtspunkt ein nahezu vollständiger Kommentar zum Koheletbuch entsteht. (Nur Kap. 7,8-10 bleibt als einziger textual content ohne polaren Inhalt außer Betracht). Die Besprechung der Perikopen folgt nicht der Anordnung des Textes, sondern den zehn grundlegenden Polaritäten, die Loader findet: Bewahrung, Leben - Verlust, Tod; Wert(losigkeit) der Weisheit; Wagnis und Sicherheit; politische Macht(losigkeit) ; Reden und Schweigen; Unwert des Reichtums; Arbeit ohne Erfolg; unmenschlicher Mensch; ausbleibender Lohn; Mühsal und Freude. Bei seiner examine kommt Loader ohne die geläufige Annahme einer orthodoxen Rezension des Koheletbuches aus. Auch wo die Polarität der herkömmlichen Lebensweisheit entstammt — besonders bei Reden / Schweigen —, läßt sie sich dieser nicht zuordnen, weil für Kohelet keine Lebenskunde möglich ist.

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Download Experientia, Volume 2: Linking Text and Experience by Colleen Shantz, Rodney A. Werline PDF

By Colleen Shantz, Rodney A. Werline

This choice of essays keeps the research of non secular adventure in early Judaism and early Christianity started in Experientia, quantity 1, by way of addressing one of many conventional objections to the examine of expertise in antiquity. The authors deal with the connection among the surviving facts, that's textual, and the non secular studies that precede or take place from these texts. Drawing on insights from anthropology, sociology, social reminiscence thought, neuroscience, and cognitive technology, they discover more than a few non secular phenomena together with worship, the act of public studying, ritual, ecstasy, mystical ascent, and the transformation of gender and of feelings. via cautious and theoretically proficient paintings, the authors show the potential of relocating from written records to evaluate the lived reviews which are associated with them

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Download "Israel Served the Lord": The Book of Joshua as Paradoxical by Rachel M. Billings PDF

By Rachel M. Billings

Subject matters have ruled scholarly interpretation of the publication of Joshua in the earlier century: the literary “discovery” of the Deuteronomistic heritage and the archaeological detection of proof regarding Israel’s career of Canaan. during this most up-to-date quantity within the sequence analyzing the Scriptures, Rachel M. Billings addresses the fragmentation frequently led to by way of those advancements and provides a extra holistic examining of Joshua, which joins theological sophistication with an emphasis on its which means and objective as a literary work.

Through a hermeneutical and literary lens, Billings analyzes the tale of Rahab and Achan, the tales of the Gibeonites and the Transjordanian altar, and the subject matter of the completeness of Israel’s taking of the land of Canaan. She argues that the best way the e-book of Joshua provides those fabrics reminds Israel of the dynamic nature of its identification as YHWH’s people—an identification that calls for a persevered reaction of obedience parallel to YHWH’s ever-unfolding paintings on Israel’s behalf. The e-book of Joshua portrays Israel’s obedience as now not only an unimaginable excellent or something of the prior, yet a dwelling fact that unfolds whilst YHWH’s humans recognize His declare upon them and try to serve Him.

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