Tag Archives: Hebrew Bible

Rewriting and Interpreting the Hebrew Bible: The Biblical Patriarchs in the Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls

New from de Gruyter– The present volume is one of the first to concentrate on a specific theme of biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, namely the book of Genesis. In particular the volume is concerned with the links … Continue reading

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An Interview With Konrad Schmid

In light of the appearance of Konrad Schmid’s new book, I sent along a series of questions and he was kind enough to subject himself to an interview.  Here’s our exchange: JW– Thank you, Professor Schmid, for your time and … Continue reading

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Social Identity and Sectarianism in the Qumran Movement

A newly published volume on the sectarians of Qumran has appeared (with thanks to Eibert Tigchelaar for pointing it out) – ‘Identity’ and ‘sectarianism’, two crucial and frequently used concepts in Qumran studies, are here problematized, appraised, and redefined. Two … Continue reading

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Francesca S. on the Birth of Jesus

She’s such a skeptic… On BBC Radio 5 – Hebrew expert: “Virgin birth a mistranslation”. DURATION: 05:48 Nicky Campbell questions Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter, about the truth behind the three … Continue reading

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P. Kyle McCarter’s Letter In Support of Chris Rollston

From his personal web-page Public Letter re: Chris Rollston 11/13/2012 Emmanuel Christian Seminary wants to fire Chris Rollston.  This is not news.  It’s already known to readers of this list and other public and semi-public forums.  Still, it seems to … Continue reading

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Akkadian Commentaries and Hebrew Exegesis

New in Dead Sea Discoveries– Akkadian Commentaries from Ancient Mesopotamia and Their Relation to Early Hebrew Exegesis, by Uri Gabbay. Commentaries from ancient Mesopotamia, written in cuneiform script and in the Akkadian language, are known from the eighth century B.C.E. … Continue reading

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Oh Lord, Please, No… Not Another ‘Bible’ Series from the ‘History Channel…

In Spring next year, History Channel will be airing a new ten-part series entitled The Bible.  It dramatizes key narratives from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and it is executive produced by Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) and Roma … Continue reading

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The Politics of Pessimism in Ecclesiastes: A Social-Science Perspective

I’ve read this for review in the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (so no review will appear here, sorry) and wish simply to say – well done Mark Sneed! Scholars attempt to resolve the problem of the book of … Continue reading

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Hebrew Webinar

Join a webinar on the Hebrew Bible as a language tutor! The webinar will present a new free and open tool for persuasive Hebrew language learning. We are still prototyping the new tool and testing it in teaching, but it … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: The Festschrift for Douglas A. Knight

From Continuum– This volume makes a positive intervention into maximalist/minimalist debates about Israelite historiography by pointing to the events that happened during the Persian and Hellenistic periods.  During this historical epoch, traditions about Israel and Judah’s founding became fixed as … Continue reading

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A Noteworthy Day

Today marks the birth anniversary of that brilliant, gutsy, pugilistic, and uncompromising scholar of the Hebrew Bible, Niels Peter Lemche. Surely you know his work.  Surely you must.  And if you don’t, well now, you must familiarize yourself!  Off with … Continue reading

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It’s The August Biblioblog Carnival! The ‘Look, There’s a List of Biblioblog Twitterers’ Edition

Naturally what that means is that posts from August are herein featured and perforce so too are some of those who twitter.* I hope I’ve not missed any of the best of the best but I may have so I … Continue reading

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A New Volume on Prophecy in the Ancient Near East

I’m more than happy to mention this new volume by the bright Jonathan Stökl, University College London– Since the 1990s there has been an emphasis on the study of ancient Israelite prophecy in its ancient Near East context. Prophecy in … Continue reading

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An Additional Observation on the Imprecatory Psalms

A friend pointed out that most Christians are uncomfortable praying imprecatory prayers in spite of the fact that the Hebrew Bible is loaded with them.  I respond: It may be that most Christians are uncomfortable with them but in their … Continue reading

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Betrayal of The Humanities: The University During the Third Reich

That’s the title of a Symposium being held April 15-16, 2012 and led by Bernard Levinson up in Minnesota. The ‘about’ section of the website notes The university is traditionally seen as a safeguard of the values of Western civilization. … Continue reading

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James Aitken and A Distinguished Panel, on ‘the Torah’

James will be a panelist tomorrow (Sunday) on an Irish Radio talk show– This Sunday Patrick and a panel of historians and theologians will be looking at the history of the Torah and the beginnings of the Hebrew Bible. Who … Continue reading

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Justice Matters

James Spinti (whose name I invariably type Spinto and have to correct) has a brief but interesting extract from a volume on Justice he’s reading that’s worth a look.  I happen to agree with him.

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The Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (JESOT)

In case you may be interested- JESOT is a new peer-reviewed journal devoted to the evangelical study of the Old Testament. The journal will be freely available for view and download at this site when it is finished. If you are … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Dr Pfoh

Our brilliant colleague and friend Emanuel Pfoh received his doctorate last week and I wanted to congratulate him, publicly, for it.  Well done! Manu is one of the co-moderators of the Biblical Studies list (which you should join, by the … Continue reading

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Fat Eglon

James Aitken uploaded as essay today you’ll enjoy: Fat Eglon, in G. Khan & D. Lipton (eds), Studies on the Text and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in honour of Robert Gordon (VTS 149; Leiden: Brill, 2012), 141-54. I confess … Continue reading

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