Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Articles and Reviews in JHS

I am glad to announce the publication of two new articles in
the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Matthijs J. DE JONG, "The Fallacy of 'True and False' in
Prophecy Illustrated by Jer 28:8–9."

Abstract: The understanding of biblical prophetic literature
has been hindered by a presumed dichotomy between prophecy
of salvation and prophecy of judgement. This can be
illustrated by Jer 28:8-9. That text has always been
interpreted on the basis of this dichotomy, but the result
is a forced reading. This article proposes an alternative
reading that suits better the text, the inner logic of ch.
28, and the traditions contained in chs. 27-29. The article
further argues that the mentioned dichotomy has no base in
historical prophecy.

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Benjamin D. COX and Susan ACKERMAN, "Micah's Teraphim."

Abstract: In publications in the 1990's, K. van der Toorn
and T.J. Lewis revived and argued persuasively for a
reconstruction identifying the biblical teraphim as
representations of a family's deceased ancestors. In this
paper, we look at the story of Micah's teraphim in Judges
17-18 to suggest that this identification of the teraphim as
ancestor figurines is well supported by and, indeed,
clarifies certain details of the Micah account. Our
interpretation also illuminates other teraphim accounts, for
example, Rachel's theft of her father Laban's teraphim
in Gen 31:19-35.

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Also, I am glad to announce the publication of several new
reviews in JHS:

1. Coomber, Matthew J. M. (ed.), Bible and Justice: Ancient
Texts, Modern Challenges (London: Equinox, 2011). (Reviewed
by Shannon E. Baines).

2. Harvey, Bruce J., YHWH Elohim: A Survey of Occurrences in
the Leningrad Codex and their Corresponding Septuagintal
Renderings (LHBOTS 537; Hebrew Bible and its Versions 6;
London/New York: T&T Clark, 2011). (Reviewed by Michael P.

3. Houtman, Alberdina and Harry Sysling, Alternative Targum
Traditions: The Use of Variant Readings for the Study in
Origin and History of Targum Jonathan (Studies in the
Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture, 9; Leiden: Brill,
2009). (Reviewed by William Tooman).

4. Hundley, Michael B., Keeping Heaven on Earth:
Safeguarding the Divine Presence in the Priestly Tabernacle
(FAT II, 50; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). (Reviewed by
Mark K. George).

5. Kalimi, Isaac (ed.), New Perspectives on Ezra-Nehemiah:
History and Historiography, Text, Literature, and
Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012).
(Reviewed by Steven J. Schweitzer).

6. Kupfer, Christian, Mit Israel auf dem Weg durch die
Wüste: eine leseorientierte Exegese der Rebellionstexte in
Exodus 15:22–17:7 und Numeri 11:1–20:13 (OTS, 61;
Leiden: Brill, 2012). (Reviewed by Nathan MacDonald).

7. VanderKam, James C., The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012). (Reviewed by Robert C.

8. Way, Kenneth C., Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony
and Symbol (History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant,
2; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011). (Reviewed by Gerald
A. Klingbeil).

9. Wood, Alice, Of Wings and Wheels: A Synthetic Study of
the Biblical Cherubim (BZAW, 385; Berlin and New York: de
Gruyter, 2008). (Reviewed by Michael Hundley).

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