Changing Perspectives 1-4

Changing Perspectives I: Studies in the History, Literature and Religion of Biblical Israel, by John Van Seters with an Introduction by Thomas L. Thompson

This is a freshly published volume (just now out!) from the Copenhagen International Seminar Series which

… contains a collection of articles written over a 40 year period, from 1964 onwards. They are revisionist in character and address major issues in the understanding of Israelite and Judean history, the literary-critical analysis of the Pentateuch and historical books, and the nature of biblical religion. The historical studies were among the first to raise serious questions with the prevailing understanding of the “patriarchal age”, the accounts of the exodus from Egypt and the conquest of Canaan, and the temple of Solomon. The literary studies of the Pentateuch challenged both the classical Documentary Hypothesis, especially the early dating of J, and the more recent modifications that support the notion of an extensive Deuteronomistic redaction of the Pentateuch. Articles on biblical historiography focus on a late dating of the Court History of David, the nature of the Deuteronomistic history, and the role of creative imitation in the composition of biblical narrative. The final section on Israelite religion and culture views biblical notions about patriarchal religion, myths of human origin, and the legendary origins of Passover, within a broad comparative context. These articles have had a significant impact in the field of biblical studies.

Go to the link above for the complete table of contents.  And since I have the honor of being a series editor, let me commend it to you most heartily!

And, there are other volumes in the series ‘Changing Perspectives’ too.  Here’s IV, by Philip Davies.  And though not yet listed, Thomas Thompson also has a contribution in the series titled Changing Perspectives II (and I’m very familiar with it as I’m presently working on editing it) and Niels Peter Lemche’s III should appear sometime after II.

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  1. In all seriousness, I am really looking forward to this volume! I’ve been anticipating it since I first read about it last year.


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