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Recent humanistic scholarship regards canonization as a common anthropological phenomenon. Comparing religious canons gives insight on their various canonization processes and functions. Apparently, concepts commonly applied in biblical studies are anachronistic, reflecting notions of canonicity...
This essay examines the relationship between two features of biblical poetry: (1) verb gapping between lines with matching structures (i.e. identical constituents); and (2) explicit coordination of parallel lines with waw . At first glance, the presence of an explicit conjunction between such...
Recent work on the Book of the Twelve has consistently identified various sections of Haggai—Malachi as a corpus that existed prior to its incorporation into the Book of the Twelve. Many see Haggai/Zechariah 1—8 as an initial collection to which Malachi and Zechariah 9—14 were later added...
In the light of recent archaeological finds from Iron Age Philistia and comparative evidence from Aegean and ancient Near Eastern cults, a new interpretation is suggested for the term opalim ( ), mentioned in the `ark narrative' (e.g. 1 Sam. 5.6; 6.5). Although most often interpreted as relating...
Job 29—31 carefully portrays the values, lifeways, and patterns of consumption of both economic and social goods by an elite member of society, Job. The character's exploration of social relationships and acceptable and unacceptable behaviors within them allow the book's author to explore the...
This article argues that Hab. 2.4 should be understood within the historical framework as a political observation rather than a moral paradigm. Minor emendations permit the interpretation of the critical terms and as `court' and `Zedekiah', respectively. This reading allows the natural...
The validity of syllable—word pattern analysis using the chi—square test was rejected in Richard A. O'Keefe's `Critical Remarks on Houk's “Statistical Analysis of Genesis Sources”' ( JSOT 29 2005, pp. 409-37), based on various types of data dependence and multiple comparisons. This...
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