Thursday, October 16, 2014

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures vol.14

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1. Thomas WAGNER, "Recounting ḤYDWT MN'-QDM in Psalm 78: What Are the 'Riddles' About?"

Abstract: The article addresses the issue of the form and function of Ps 78 by focusing on the reference to "riddles from former times." It offers a detailed analysis of the structure and composition of Ps 78, and argues that the reference to the "riddles" can only be understood by combined analysis of the literary function and social function of the psalm. When approached from this perspective, the reference to the riddles of the past highlights the distinctive didactic process staged by the psalm.

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2. Yisca ZIMRAN, " 'The Lord Has Rejected You As King Over Israel': Saul's Deposal from the Throne"

Abstract: This article presents a literary analysis of the extant text of Samuel 15 and argues that Saul's deposal is represented as the result of his lack of recognition of God's authority over him as king. Identifying Saul's behavior as exemplifying one of the ancient views of Israelite monarchy, the article also elucidates the relationship between the king and God reflected in the relevant chapters of the book of Samuel.

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

Dell, Katherine J., Interpreting Ecclesiastes: Readers Old and New (Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible, 3; Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns). (Reviewed by Russell L. Meek).

Ellman, Barat, Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants(Emerging Scholars Series; Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2013). (Reviewed by A. J. Culp).

Garsiel, Moshe, From Earth to Heaven: A Literary Study of the Elijah Stories in the Book of Kings (Bethesda, MD: CDL, 2014). (Reviewed by Scott B. Noegel).

Kessler, John, Old Testament Theology: Divine Call and Human Response (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013). (Reviewed by Joseph Ryan Kelly).

Knoppers, Gary N., Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of Their Early Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013). (Reviewed by Magnar Kartveit).

Ounsworth, Richard, Joshua Typology in the New Testament (WUNT, 2/328; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). (Reviewed by Lissa M. Wray Beal).

Petter, Thomas D., The Land between the Two Rivers: Early Israelite Identities in Central Transjordan (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014). (Reviewed by Stephen C. Russell).

Schmid, Konrad and Raymond F. Person, Jr. (eds.), Deuteronomy in the Pentateuch, Hexateuch, and the Deuteronomistic History (FAT, 2. Reihe 56; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). (Reviewed by Jeffrey G. Audirsch).

Seow, C. L., Job 1–21: Interpretation and Commentary (Illuminations; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013). (Reviewed by Alexander W. Breitkopf).

Van Seters, John, The Yahwist: A Historian of Israelite Origins (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013). (Reviewed by David J. Fuller).

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