The Poetical Books: A Sheffield Reader

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This volume is one in a series of five bringing together the best articles on major fields of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible studies from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. The aim of the series is to provide for students a convenient and up-to-date briefing on developments in the field. The volume is designed to serve as a useful and comprehensive course textbook. In the Preface the editor writes: When I was selecting the articles to be reprinted here, I looked for papers that addressed major topics or whole books of the Bible, for papers that would be intelligible to student readers, for papers that were representative of the kinds of work that have been going on in Old Testament studies, and above all for papers that were interesting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850757870
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Biblical Seminar Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

David Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies and Head of Department in the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations 8
List of Contributors 10
Introduction 11
The Poetic Structure of Psalm 42-43 16
Response to Alonso Schokel 24
Response to Alonso Schokel 28
Psalms and the Life of Faith: A Suggested Typology of Function 35
The Dynamic Cycle of Praise and Prayer in the Psalms 67
The Use of Royal Psalms at the 'Seams' of the Hebrew Psalter 73
The Costly Loss of Lament 84
Decoding the Psalms: A Structural Approach to the Psalter 98
A Cry of Defiance - Psalm 2 117
Exploding the Limits: Form and Function in Psalm 22 135
Setting and Rhetoric in Psalm 23 147
Pattern in the Song of Songs 154
The Imagination of Power and the Power of Imagination: An Intertextual Analysis of Two Biblical Love Songs: The Song of Songs and Hosea 2 173
Qoheleth, Preacher of Joy 188
Aging and Death in Qohelet 12 199
A Book on Labour: The Structuring Principles and the Main Theme of the Book of Qohelet 222
Strophic Patterns in Job 3-28 232
Strophic Patterns in Job 29-42 260
Bird's-Eye and Worm's-Eye Views of Justice in the Book of Job 274
Job the Pious? The Characterization of Job in the Narrative Framework of the Book 298
Proverb Performance in the Hebrew Bible 316
'I Have Perfumed my Bed with Myrrh': The Foreign Woman (issa zara) in Proverbs 1-9 333
Index of References 349
Index of Authors 366
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