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This article is a contribution to ongoing discussions about the problem of dating biblical texts. Initially, it sketches briefly progress in datingâdefining "progress" as movement toward a designated goal that is measurable by the success with which researchers are able to determine and...
"Hakukot Otiyotayich" (Engraved are your letters), the "amazing" song of praise to the Hebrew language by the Hebrew-American poet Abraham Regelson (1896-1980) has received very little critical attention, none of it from a major literary critic. The system that filters, absorbs, and canonizes...
This paper considers non-linguistic criteria for dating prophetic texts. It examines texts from Isaiah (e.g., Isa 10:5-12:6), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 32-33), Ezekiel (Ezek 37:15-28), and the Book of the Twelve Prophets (Zephaniah 1) in an effort to determine their respective historical contexts....
Socratic ethics is a useful heuristic model for understanding the ethical presuppositions behind the variegated advice and observations in the book of Proverbs. The ethics of both rest on three principles: (1) virtue is knowledge; (2) no one does wrong willingly; and (3) all virtues are one....
Jewish tradition from antiquity to the present has been ambivalent about the Bible, despite its obviously foundational role. One reason for this surprising phenomenon is the extent to which the Talmud usurped the Bible's place, particularly (though not only) within the Ashkenazi community....
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