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This article proposes a new translation of Gen. 4.8 rendering v. 8a as: ‘And Cain spoke against Abel, his brother.’ The two parts of the verse are thus felicitously aligned in aesthetic balance: Cain spoke against Abel, his brother, and Cain rose against Abel, his brother. The measured...
Syllable–word frequency pattern analysis, using the chi-square test, identifies significant differences within Genesis chs. 1–4, 6–9, 12–13, 16–21, 26, 28, 30–33, 39 and 41–43. The statistical results are interpreted to suggest that to an extended composition by an initial Yahweh...
In The Idea of Biblical Poetry , James Kugel dismantles attempts to find a meter in biblical parallelism. In the process, he implicitly locates the distinction between sacred and secular texts in the formal aspects of the language. This paper challenges Kugel’s main assumptions. First, the...
While previous scholars have noted an affinity between the persona ‘Qohelet’ and postmodern Deconstructionists, this essay will explore his blindspots, instances of closure and presence. Employing a Derridian method, this article explores Qohelet’s conservatism hidden within a façade of...
This article discusses the nature of the association that can be established between the Merneptah stele and the later history of the region of Palestine and biblical Israel. This study examines aspects of the hymn’s rhetoric and literary metaphors, and discusses, among other things, the themes...
Taking issue with a view of literature as artfully-crafted, smooth discourse, and questioning Romantic and New Critical readings of prophetic language, this article argues that prophetic language is better understood as baroque. I take my cue from Hermann Gunkel’s 1923 essay ‘The Prophets as...
Throughout the David story, Joab is a complex and intriguing character. He frequently disregards or undermines the king’s authority, yet it is possible to argue that his actions are crucial for David’s hold on power to continue. A noticeable pattern of ‘interpretative license’ emerges...
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