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Perhaps no other king in biblical literature has generated as much controversy as Solomon. On the one hand, we are told that 'Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the East'; on the other hand, we are told that Solomon, in direct contravention to Israelite law, instituted...
An analysis of the logic of the dialogue between Abraham and YHWH in Gen. 18.23- 32 shows that this text attempts to persuade its historical audience of the validity of several theological propositions by appealing to YHWH as the most preferred audi ence. Some of these propositions, and in...
Josh. 9 is composed of three literary strata, each of which derives from and corres ponds to the political ideals of a phase of Israel's history, so that the literary history of the passage illuminates the history of Israel's social and political structures. The earliest stratum, in which the...
Oriental and Hebrew material confirms that Gen. 2.5 is to be read as a narrative 'program' for the basic plot of the subsequent story (Gen. 2-3). Careful reading indicates that the narrative nucleus in Gen. 2-3 is the account of how (wild and culti vated) vegetation appeared in the land, by...
This essay examines D's treatments of sex and familial crimes carrying the threat of death ( môt statements). The findings suggest that D is in the process of limiting the fringe powers vested in the paterfamilias and consolidating those powers in regional tribunals under community/state...
The article provides a list of 16 known examples of the idem per idem construction, then examines each in its context to determine its meaning and function. The author offers seven concluding points: (a) it may express totality or intensity of the verbal action; (b) an associated adverbial...
The aim of this study is to show how the methods of form criticism and rhetorical criticism can be utilized for theological interpretation of a particular psalm (Psalm 22), and further, how attention to the function of poetic language complements and deepens insights to which formal analysis...
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