God¿s Twilight Zone - Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

God¿s Twilight Zone - Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

by T. A. Perry

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ISBN-13: 9781598562279
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: God's Twilight Zone     xv
Creating and Maintaining a Righteous World
Genesis, Book of the Righteous, or What is a Tsaddik?     3
Noah the Tsaddik (Gen 6:9; 7:1)     4
Tamar the Greater Tsaddik and the Rise of Judah     9
Genesis, Book of Dreams, and Joseph the Tsaddik     21
Dreams of Power, Power of Dreams     21
Planning Survival, Feeding the Masses     27
God in Human History?     29
Humans in God's History: Genesis 2:4 as a Narrative Hinge     32
Pharaoh's Anti-Wisdom Ideology: The Semantic Puzzle of "Going Up from the Earth/Land" (Exod 1:10)     39
The Semantics of 'alah     42
Exact Parallels: Hosea 2:2[1:11]; Genesis 2:6     44
Rising Waters: The Meaning and Ideology of Exodus 1:10     46
Blessings from the 'erets Below     48
Interpreting in the Twilight Zone
Samson's Riddles and the Signs of Redemption (Judg 14)     53
A Wisdom Tale     53
Samson's Yeridah     55
Fantastical Events: Educating a Judge     57
The Riddles     60
Paradoxes of Liberation     65
Modes of Verbal Warfare: Debates in Proverbs, OracularAmbiguity     70
Mashals, Measure for Measure     73
On Proverb Formation: "Is Saul too Among the Prophets?" (1 Sam 10:11-12; 19:24)     77
The Wisdom of Many     77
Saul Among the Prophets     79
Saul's Identity Crisis and Transformation     82
Prophecy, Kingship, and Wisdom     86
Conclusion     89
Solomon the Wise and the Split-Baby Story (1 Kgs 3:16-29)     92
The (Absolute Lack of) Evidence (1 Kgs 3:16-23)     93
Who's Who? (1 Kgs 3:24-27)     99
Interruptions     102
On the Education of Princes: Solomon's Genius, Mother's Instinct, and God's Wisdom     104
Wisdom's Call to Humans: Psalm 1 as a Dialogic Prologue     109
The Problem: Psalm 1 as an Introduction to the Psalter     109
Psalm 1 as a Wisdom Psalm     111
The Structure of Righteous / Wicked in Psalm 1     112
The Theme of Reward and Punishment     114
God's Absence / Presence     116
The Rebirth of Vulnerability and Wonder
Planning the Twilight Years: Qohelet's Advice on Aging and Death (QOH 12:1-8)     125
Literary Method (Allegory, Symbolism, Pshat) and Theme     127
A Literal Reading of Qohelet 12:1-8     133
Life's Integration: Seasonableness and Puer-Senex     141
Twilight Images of Dissonance: The Sound of a Bird     145
Conclusions     148
David and Barzillai the Gileadite (2 Sam 19)     154
Wisdom Begins in Wonder: The Riddle of Proverbs 30:18-20     157
Twilight Concepts: The Fantastical or Wondrous     157
Numerical Structures     160
Wonder in Reverse: The Adulteress     167
Creation and Its Risks     170
Conclusions     174
Excursus: Righteousness in the Ethics of the Fathers     180
Bibliography     183
Index of Names and Subjects     193
Index of Ancient Sources     201
Index of Hebrew Words     207

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