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The presence of theology in Qoholeth (Ecclesiastes) has long been disputed. The book's frequent use of hebel (“vanity” or “vapor”) has discouraged theological analysis. Attention to hebel's basic atmospheric sense, “vapor” allows a theological trace to emerge. This essay argues for a...
This article uses a connotative understanding of Jewish midrash in order to demonstrate the presence of midrash in two extracts from the early Christian writer Papias of Hierapolis (late first to early second centuries ce) as examples of on-going Jewish influence within the early church.
More than simple narrative embellishment, the descriptions of physical gestures or other body movements by characters in biblical stories are a rich source of cultural information. As is the case with live dialogue, various forms of nonverbal communication both accompany and enliven the scene in...
This article, essentially a “part two” of my earlier article, “Jonah's Peculiar Re-Creation,” continues to explore narrative readings of the story of Jonah. Whereas the former article focused on the intertextual connections and thematic parallels between the story of Jonah and the...
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