Israelite Religion and Biblical Theology: Collected Essays (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series #267)

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This is a formidable collection of previously published essays by this distinguished Old Testament scholar. Three significant areas of biblical studies have been a focus of the author's attention throughout his career: the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern world, the Psalms, and Old Testament theology. In Part I, epigraphic discoveries are examined for the light they shed on biblical texts. In Part II, special attention is given to the theological significance of reading the Psalms as a collection. In Part III, a...

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Overview

This is a formidable collection of previously published essays by this distinguished Old Testament scholar. Three significant areas of biblical studies have been a focus of the author's attention throughout his career: the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern world, the Psalms, and Old Testament theology. In Part I, epigraphic discoveries are examined for the light they shed on biblical texts. In Part II, special attention is given to the theological significance of reading the Psalms as a collection. In Part III, a wide range of theological issues-creation, covenant, prayer, cosmology, canon, and especially the nature and character of God-are taken up in various essays that suggest how biblical theology can contribute to the larger theological enterprise.

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Patrick Miller is Professor of Old Testament Theology in the Department of Biblical Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Abbreviations 12
Pt. I The Bible in its Near Eastern World
Fire in the Mythology of Canaan and Israel 18
El the Warrior 24
El, the Creator of Earth 45
The Mrzh Text 51
Aspects of the Religion of Ugarit 69
Prayer and Sacrifice in Ugarit and Israel 84
Animal Names as Designations in Ugaritic and Hebrew 101
Eridu, Dunnu, and Babel: A Study in Comparative Mythology 115
Israelite Religion 142
Wellhausen and the History of Israel's Religion 182
The Absence of the Goddess in Israelite Religion 197
Pt. II The Psalms
Psalms and Inscriptions 210
The Theological Significance of Biblical Poetry 233
Meter, Parallelism, and Tropes: The Search for Poetic Style 250
Poetic Ambiguity and Balance in Psalm 15 259
The Beginning of the Psalter 269
Kingship, Torah Obedience, and Prayer: The Theology of Psalms 15-24 279
Psalm 73 as a Canonical Marker 298
The End of the Psalter: A Response to Erich Zenger 310
Deuteronomy and Psalms: Evoking a Biblical Conversation 318
Prayer as Persuasion: The Rhetoric and Intention of Prayer 337
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Psalms 345
Pt. III Old Testament Theology
God the Warrior: A Problem in Biblical Interpretation and Apologetics 356
God and the Gods: History of Religion as an Approach and Context for Bible and Theology 365
The Divine Council and the Prophetic Call to War 397
The Sovereignty of God 406
Cosmology and World Order in the Old Testament: The Divine Council as Cosmic-Political Symbol 422
Prayer and Divine Action 445
Creation and Covenant 470
Syntax and Theology in Genesis 12.3a 492
The Way of Torah 497
The World and Message of the Prophets: Biblical Prophecy in its Context 508
The Prophetic Critique of Kings 526
Israel as Host to Strangers 548
The Wilderness Journey in Deuteronomy: Style, Structure, and Theology in Deuteronomy 1-3 572
God's Other Stories: On the Margins of Deuteronomic Theology 593
The Canon in Contemporary American Discussion 603
Faith and Ideology in the Old Testament 629
The Old Testament and Christian Faith 648
Toward a Theology of Leadership: Some Clues from the Prophets 658
Judgment and Joy 667
Index of References 688
Index of Authors 708
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