I am glad to announce the publication of two new articles in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org/index.html).
1. Thomas RENZ, "An Emendation of Hab 2:4a in the Light of Hab 1:5"
Abstract: The first half of Hab. 2:4 has long been a crux; numerous emendations have been proposed over the years. This essay returns to an earlier proposal that the letter sequence 'PLH עפלה is the result of a metathesis and argues that P'L פעל refers back to Hab. 1:5 with the grapheme H ה originally functioning as an interrogative pronoun with L' לא. The result is a reading of the vision which makes reference to the divine as well as human protagonists.
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2. Zev FARBER, "Jerubaal, Jacob and the Battle for Shechem: A Trdition History"
Abstract: The Bible alludes to three different versions of the conquest/destruction of Shechem. The Jerubaal-Abimelech cycle, the conquest of Shechem by Jacob, and the Dinah story. The (later) Jacob story overtook the (earlier) Jerubaal story, a phenomenon I dub tradition cannibalism, as Jerubaal became identified with Gideon and shed his own story. When the idea of a conquering patriarch fell out of favor, the account reemerged as the Dinah story, with Simeon and Levi as the conquerors of Shechem.
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Also, I am glad to announce the publication of several new reviews in JHS:
1. Anderson, John E., Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH's Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle(Siphrut, 5; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011). (Reviewed by Diana Lipton).
2. Assis, Elie, The Book of Joel: A Prophet between Calamity and Hope (LBHOTS, 581; New York: Bloomsbury, 2013). (Reviewed by Joel Barker).
3. Ben Zvi, Ehud and Christoph Levin (eds.), Remembering and Forgetting in Early Second Temple Judah (FAT, 85; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). (Reviewed by A.J. Culp).
4. Conklin, Blane, Oath Formulas in Biblical Hebrew(LSAWS, 5; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011). (Reviewed by Joshua E. Stewart).
5. Coomber, Matthew J. M., Re-Reading the Prophets through Corporate Globalization: A Cultural-Evolutionary Approach to Economic Injustice in the Hebrew Bible (Biblical Intersections, 4; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2010). (Reviewed by Peter Altmann).
6. Goering, Greg Schmidt, Wisdom's Root Revealed: Ben Sira and the Election of Israel (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 139; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2009). (Reviewed by Rodney Werline).
7. Harlow, Daniel C., Matthew J. Goff, Karina M. Hogan, and Joel S. Kaminsky (eds.), The "Other" In Second Temple Judaism: Essays In Honor of John J. Collins (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011). (Reviewed by Anthony R. Meyer).
8. Hom, Mary Katherine Y. H., The Characterization of the Assyrians in Isaiah: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives(LHBOTS, 559; New York: T & T Clark, 2012). (Reviewed by Paul S. Evans).
9. Kartveit, Magnar, Rejoice, Dear Zion: Hebrew Construct Phrases with "Daughter" and "Virgin" as Nomen Regens (BZAW, 447; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013). (Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer).
10. Klein, Ralph W., 2 Chronicles: A Commentary(Hermeneia; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012). (Reviewed by Steven J. Schweitzer).
11. LeCureux, Jason T., The Thematic Unity of the Book of the Twelve(HBM, 41; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012). (Reviewed by James Nogalski).
12. Miller, Geoffrey P., The Ways of a King: Legal and Political Ideas in the Bible (Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements, 7; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011). (Reviewed by Ian Douglas Wilson).
13. Penchansky, David, Understanding Israelite Wisdom Literature: Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012). (Reviewed by Kevin Chau).
14. Pietsch, Michael, Die Kultreform Josias: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte Israels in der späten Königszeit (FAT, 86; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2012). (Reviewed by Martin Leuenberger).
15. Schmid, Konrad, Genesis and the Moses Story: Israel's Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible (Siphrut, 3; translated by James D. Nogalski; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2010). (Reviewed by Bill T. Arnold).
16. Schipper, Jeremy, Parables and Conflict in the Hebrew Bible(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). (Reviewed by Mari Jørstad).
17. Schlimm, Matthew R., From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, 7; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011). (Reviewed by Dustin J. Boreland).
18. Sneed, Mark R., The Politics of Pessimism in Ecclesiastes: A Social-Science Perspective (Ancient Israel and Its Literature; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012). (Reviewed by Stephen J. Bennett and Charles Awasu).
19. Von Weissenberg, Hanne, Juha Pakkala, and Marko Marttila (eds.), Changes in Scripture: Rewriting and Interpreting Authoritative Traditions in the Second Temple Period (BZAW, 419; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011). (Reviewed by Garrick Vernon Allen).
20. Xeravits, Géza G. (ed.), A Pious Seductress: Studies in the Book of Judith (Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies, 14; Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2012). (Reviewed by Francis M. Macatangay).
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