In this study, the war stories from the Old Testament book of Kings are compared to ten extrabiblical texts. Narratological analysis is applied to deconstruct the ideology of the respective literary compositions. The Old Testament ideology of war seems to be neither typically Israelite, as Gerhardt von Rad put it, nor commonly Ancient Near Eastern, as Manfred Weippert thought it to be. This poses the question whether the reading experience of biblical war stories is so very different from, for instance, Assyrian royal inscriptions, both in terms of its literary value and its ideological bias. Narratological analysis turns out to be a strong tool for explaining the similarities and distinctive features of the respective texts.
Protest or Propaganda
Oliver Glanz, VU University Amsterdam
In Understanding Participant-Reference Shifts in the Book of Jeremiah methodological reflections lead to a text-phenomenological investigation of the origins and functions of participant-reference shifts.
Reinoud Oosting, Leiden University
In The Role of Zion/Jerusalem in Isaiah 40–55 Reinoud Oosting offers a linguistic and literary analysis of the Biblical Hebrew text of Isaiah 40-55, focusing on the depiction of Zion/Jerusalem in these chapters.
Jan P. Fokkelman
Fokkelman presents the Hebrew and the English text of Job in its original contours and proportions (412 strophes, 165 stanzas), weighs the poet’s precision (who counted his syllables on all text levels) and redraws the portrait of the hero: integrity vindicated.
W.Th. van Peursen, J.W. Dyk (eds)
This volume in honour of Eep Talstra focusses on the function of tradition in the formation and reception of the Bible, and the role of the innovations brought about by ICT in reconsidering existing interpretations of texts, grammatical concepts, and lexicographic practices.
Each of the four chapters of the book focuses on a different aspect of the division between Judah and Israel: between the Northern and Southern prophets, between the Jacob and Abraham narratives, between the Exodus and the Zion traditions and the circumstances of unification.
Pierre Van Hecke
Drawing on the insights of functional grammar and cognitive semantics, this book offers a detailed linguistic analysis of Job 12-14 and a fresh exegetical reading of Job's longest and central speech in the book.
This book provides an exhaustive analysis of the semantic domain of ‘gift’ in Ancient Hebrew. The investigation focuses on the single lexemes and provides an overall picture of the developments of the lexical field across the linguistic layers of Ancient Hebrew.
Following an extensive study of Ezekiel 18 and 20, this book offers a redefinition and a new theoretical basis for the concept of corporate personality. This theory is subsequently applied to Ezekiel 18 and 20 to analyze the collective and individual features.
Pancratius C. Beentjes
Since the Book of Chronicles is increasingly studied on its own, and not as a copy of 1-2 Samuel and 1-2, this study treats the various aspects and themes of this rich document. It provides an analysis of specific texts and topics uncovering the Chronicler's permanent creativity to transform ...
Starting with a thorough study of canonical criticism, this book purports that a historical study is necessary for a veridical dogmatic canon. The evidence for this is presented in this book, which is a new historical study of the canon process that follows its development from the earliest stages.
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