Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millenium: Form, Concept and Theological Perspective

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This addition to the prestigious Studies in Antiquity and Christianity (SAC) series is the first of a two-volume set of essays on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. The essays focus on the exegetical methodology developed by Rolf P. Knierim at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity in Claremont, California.

The exegetical foundations of Knierim’s methodology pay special attention to the literary forms and conceptual underpinnings of biblical texts. But the method ...

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Overview

This addition to the prestigious Studies in Antiquity and Christianity (SAC) series is the first of a two-volume set of essays on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. The essays focus on the exegetical methodology developed by Rolf P. Knierim at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity in Claremont, California.

The exegetical foundations of Knierim’s methodology pay special attention to the literary forms and conceptual underpinnings of biblical texts. But the method moves well beyond the concerns of traditional form criticism to address the overall interpretation of the Hebrew Bible from the perspectives of the ancient biblical writers and contemporary readers. The result is a comprehensive interpretive methodology that employs a close reading of biblical texts, integrating concerns about literary form and theological perspective with the settings in which biblical texts were composed as well as the ways they are read in the present and the future. Such readings, the editors maintain, constitute the cutting edge of biblical interpretation at the outset of the millennium.

Volume 1 contains twenty-one essays, including seven by Knierim. Other contributors are: Mary Deely, Michael Floyd, John Goldingay, Robert Hubbard, Mignon Jacobs, Isaac Kalimi, Joel Kaminsky, Paul Kim, Wonil Kim, Charles Mabee, Steven Reed, and Janet Weathers.

Editors: Deborah Ellens is an independent scholar. Michael Floyd is Professor of Old Testament at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. Wonil Kim is Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at La Sierra University. Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.

For: Pastors, college and seminary courses in Hebrew Bible, scholars.

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Meet the Author

Deborah L. Ellens is an independent scholar of Hebrew Bible Languages and Literature.

Michael Floyd is Professor at El Centro de Estudios Teológicos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Wonil Kim is Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at La Sierra University.

Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 On Biblical Theology 11
2 On the Task of Old Testament Theology 21
3 Comments on the Task of Old Testament Theology 33
4 On the View of Reality and Public Human Ethos in the Bible 42
5 On Two Cases of the Biblical Hermeneutic of Justice 58
6 On the Subject of War in Old Testament and Biblical Theology 73
7 Debating Ahab: Characterization in Biblical Theology 89
8 Memory and Theology: Ordering the World for the Community of Faith 108
9 Rapprochement with Rolf Knierim 121
10 Can God's Name Change? A Biblical Theological Perspective on the Feminist Critique of Trinitarian Nomenclature 144
11 Justice and Salvation for Israel and Canaan 169
12 The Divine Redeemer: Toward a Biblical Theology of Redemption 188
13 Toward an Old Testament Theology of Concern for the Underprivileged 205
14 The Task of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology - Between Judaism and Christianity (A Response to Rolf Knierim's Task of Old Testament Theology) 230
15 Wrestling with Israel's Election: A Jewish Reaction to Rolf Knierim's Biblical Theology 252
16 Gender Complementarity in the Hebrew Bible 263
17 Liberation Theology and the Bible: A Methodological Consideration (A Response to J. Severino Croatto) 292
18 A New Approach to the Christian-Jewish Dialogue 321
19 Human Dominion over Animals 328
20 The Value of Rolf Knierim's Old Testament Theology for Practical Theology 349
Contributors 369
Scripture Index 371
Author Index 385
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