Saturday, May 24, 2014

New articles and reviews in JHS

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

1. Yitzhak BERGER, "Chiasm and Meaning in 1 Chronicles"

Abstract: This study proposes that chiastic structures encompass at least the first half of 1 Chronicles, helping to underscore the rejection of Gibeon and the Saulides in favor of Jerusalem and the line of David. This approach offers promising solutions to several long-standing difficulties regarding the Chronicler's choice and arrangement of material. Of methodological consequence, it emerges that the Chronicler relied heavily upon design in order to generate new meaning from texts already in circulation.

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2. Benjamin SCOLNIC, "Antiochus IV and the Three Horns in Daniel 7"

Abstract: Daniel 7 presents a symbolic vision that describes how Antiochus IV "uprooted" the three horns that represent Seleucus IV and his sons Demetrius I and Antiochus. This study suggests that Rome conspired with Antiochus IV to deliberately sideline Seleucus IV's direct heir Demetrius I by demanding him as a principal hostage in 175, just before the king would be assassinated. Antiochus IV then presented himself as loyal coregent with his nephew Antiochus while planning the latter's assassination, which he ordered in 170.

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

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).

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).

Hwang, Jerry, The Rhetoric of Remembrance: An Investigation of the "Fathers" in Deuteronomy(Siphrut, 8; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012). (Reviewed by David Bergen).

Jackson, Melissa A., Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: A Subversive Collaboration(OTM; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). (Reviewed by Jennifer L. Koosed).

Kazen, Thomas, Emotions in Biblical Law: A Cognitive Science Approach (Hebrew Bible Monographs, 36; Sheffield: Sheffield-Phoenix, 2011). (Reviewed by Michael B. Hundley).

Lasine, Stuart, Weighing Hearts: Character, Judgment, and the Ethics of Reading the Bible (LHBOTS, 568; New York: T & T Clark, 2012). (Reviewed by Jacqueline E. Lapsley).

Mills, Mary E., Urban Imagination in Biblical Prophecy (LHBOTS, 560; New York/London: T & T Clark, 2012). (Reviewed by Hilary Marlow).

Nelson, Alissa Jones, Power and Responsibility in Biblical Interpretation: Reading the Book of Job with Edward Said (BibleWorld; Sheffield: Equinox, 2012). (Reviewed by Edward Ho).

Noort, Ed (ed.), The Book of Joshua (BETL, 250; Leuven, Peeters, 2012). (Reviewed by Philippe Guillaume).

Penchansky, David, Understanding Israelite Wisdom Literature: Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012). (Reviewed by Kevin Chau).

Peterson, Brian Neil, Ezekiel in Context: Ezekiel's Message Understood in its Historical Setting of Covenant Curses, and Ancient Near Eastern Mythological Motifs (Princeton Theological Monograph Series, 182; Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012). (Reviewed by Daniel Block).

Pietsch, Michael, Die Kultreform Josias: Studien zur Religionsgeschichte Israels in der späten Königszeit (FAT, 86; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2012). (Reviewed by Martin Leuenberger).

Silverman, Jason M., Persepolis and Jerusalem: Iranian Influence on the Apocalyptic Hermeneutic(LHBOTS, 558; London: T & T Clark, 2012). (Reviewed by Bennie H. Reynolds III).

Van Hecke, Pierre and Antje Labahn (eds.), Metaphors in the Psalms (BETL, CCXXXI; Leuwen, Uitgeverij Peeters, 2010). (Reviewed by Tremper Longman III).

Wallace, Robert E., The Narrative Effect of Book IV of the Hebrew Psalter (Studies in Biblical Literature, 112; New York: Peter Lang, 2007). (Reviewed by Anthony R. Pyles).

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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JHS is now offering hypertext/ hyperlinked versions of all articles and reviews published from 1996 to 2009 (inclusive of 2009). We are currently working to include versions of the 2010/2011 articles and reviews.


Christophe Nihan

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