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In Search of True Wisdom: Essays in Old Testament Interpretation in Honour of Ronald E. Clements

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The distinguished authors whose essays appear in this volume (marking the seventieth birthday of Ronald Clements,who until his retirement, was the Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London) include John Barton, Walter Brueggemann, Brevard Childs, John Rogerson, Rolf Rendtorff, Hugh Williamson, the late Norman Whybray, Graeme Auld, Richard Coggins. The theme of the volume reflects Clements's recent interest in 'wisdom' as an interpretative framework, and the essays address the role ...

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Overview

The distinguished authors whose essays appear in this volume (marking the seventieth birthday of Ronald Clements,who until his retirement, was the Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London) include John Barton, Walter Brueggemann, Brevard Childs, John Rogerson, Rolf Rendtorff, Hugh Williamson, the late Norman Whybray, Graeme Auld, Richard Coggins. The theme of the volume reflects Clements's recent interest in 'wisdom' as an interpretative framework, and the essays address the role of theology and hermeneutics in biblical exegesis, through an examination of methods and approaches as well as by application to specific Old Testament writings. While the volume ranges through issues of canon, biblical theology and literary criticism, with several essays on the prophetic books, it maintains a clear focus on the numerous issues and challenges facing the contemporary interpreter of the scriptures.

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Edward Ball is Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew, University of Nottingham, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Abbreviations 10
List of Contributors 13
Ronald Ernest Clements: An Appreciation 15
History-Interpretation-Theology: Issues in Biblical Religion 22
Canon and Old Testament Interpretation 37
Enabling Silent Lips to Speak: Literary Criticism in the Service of Old Testament Interpretation 53
The Role of Old Testament Theology in Old Testament Interpretation 70
Hermeneutical Reflections on C. Vitringa, Eighteenth-Century Interpreter of Isaiah 89
Walking in God's Ways: The Concept of Imitatio Dei in the Old Testament 99
Frontiers and Borders in the Old Testament 116
Noah, Abraham and Moses: God's Covenant Partners 127
The Theology of Exodus 137
On 'Seeing' the Trees while Missing the Forest: The Wisdom of Characters and Readers in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings 153
'From One Degree of Glory to Another': Themes and Theology in Isaiah 174
'Because of You!': An Essay about the Centre of the Book of the Twelve 196
'When the Towers Fall': Interpreting Nahum as Christian Scripture 211
Wisdom, Suffering and the Freedom of God in the Book of Job 231
Sitting Loose to History: Reading the Book of Lamentations without Primary Reference to its Original Historical Setting 246
Theology and Hermeneutics in the Books of Chronicles 263
Index of References 279
Index of Authors 287
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