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The use of privileged information has long been recognized as a strategy in the book of Job, especially as evidenced in God’s consultation with the Satan known to the reader but hidden from Job and his friends. Such anticipatory information can only surprise the careful reader once, and must be...
This article reconsiders the much discussed story of ‘the book of the law’ in 2 Kings 22–23, along with the various other references to this lawbook in the so-called ‘Deuteronomistic History’. While there has been a tendency within modern scholarship to read 2 Kings 22–23 from an...
This study is a structural and thematic analysis of 1 Chron. 21.1–22.1, and conveys some general observations about its likely communicative intent for the post-exilic community that wrote and received the book of Chronicles. The central argument is that the disunity and conflicts in the core...
The temple gatekeepers in ancient Israel appear to have fallen into disgrace some time between late first temple and post-exilic times, but the Chronicler attempts to restore their lost dignity in his idealized temple. This study attempts to find the reasons for these fluctuations in the...
In 2 Sam. 10.6 the relationship between 9< > (=> and 3H J is ambiguous, and the order of items in its military list is peculiar. Also, numbers and referents in 2 Sam. 10.6 do not seem to agree with those in the parallel passage, 1 Chron. 19.7. Furthermore, the expression 3H J is rendered as a...
Leviticus itself appears to be unaware that any distinction can or needs to be drawn between ethical and cultic demands, but allowing, for the moment at least, that such a distinction can be applied to the text we can ask whether cultic and ethical obligations merely coexist as two sorts of...
This article presents an alternative queer reading of the relationship between David and Jonathan in 1 and 2 Samuel, and suggests looking at the relationship between the two men not as homosexual but as heterosexual, as the attraction and love between David, who performs the role of a man, and...
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