Focusing Biblical Studies (Library Of Hebrew Bible/old Testament Studies Series)
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 markers of...
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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 markers of ethnic identity, and much of the canonical Hebrew Bible came into its present form.& Concentrating on these events, a clearer historical picture emerges.
The entire volume is set within the context of Doug Knight's contributions, which have encouraged a rigorous social-scientific and tradition-historical approach to the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel in general.& Many scholars have pursued how the social scientific method, first used to analyze early monarchic Israel, can shape the understanding of these later historical periods.& Knight's methods, teachings, writings, and scholarly interventions have pointed the contributors of this volume to fresh considerations of the Persian and Hellenistic periods.& The concluding essay will examine the future directions in which such sociological and historical investigation can go forward. &
Jon Berquist is Senior Academic Editor at Westminster John Knox Press.
- Introduction; Jon Berquist And Alice Hunt, The Contributions Of Douglas A. Knight; History And Contexts; Jack Sasson, Vanderbilt University, Coveting The Second Temple Period; Philip Davies, Sheffield University, The Origins Of The Kingdom Of Judah; Neils P. Lemche, Copenhagen University, Shechem Revisited; Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem: A Persian City; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary, The Zoological Gaze In Post-exilic Biblical Literature; Julye Bidmead, Chapman University, From New Moon To New Moon: Women's Rituals In The Persian Period; Texts And History; Annalisa Azzoni, Vanderbilt University, Genesis: Creating Creation; Kristin Swanson, Luther College, What Happens When We Read Judges In The Persian Period?; Robert R. Wilson, Yale University, The Persian Period And The Shaping Of The Prophetic Literature; Deborah Appler, Moravian Theological Seminary, "'digging In The Claws.' Daniel 4 And The Predatory Nature Of Empire"; Cheryl B. Anderson, Garrett-evangelical Theological Seminary, Ruth And Esther As Models For The Formation Of God's People: Engaging Liberationist Critiques; Amy-jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, "xenophobia" Of Ezra/nehemiah And Post-colonial Views Of "jews"; Herbert R. Marbury, Vanderbilt University, Nehemiah: Caught Between Court And Cult With Lessons For Church And State; James Crenshaw, Duke University, Pondering The Passing Of Time: Psalm 39 And Qoheleth; Norman Gottwald, Pacific School Of Religion, Ecclesiastes Of The Hellenistic Period; Jennifer L. Koosed, Albright College, The Chronicler Buries Saul; David Penchansky, University Of St. Thomas (st. Paul), Sophia And Simon: The Two Poles Of Ben Sira's Affection; Peter J. Haas, Case Western Reserve University, Was The Judaism Of The Dead Sea Scrolls A Mystery Religion?; Conclusion; Jon Berquist And Alice Hunt, The Future Focus Of Biblical Studies: Where Do We Go From Here?