Old Testament Studies
Judges and Method
New Approaches in Biblical Studies
Paperback ISBN: 0800627458
Many scholars in Bible are interpreting the biblical text from newer interdisciplinary approaches. These disciplines, such as modern literary theory, sociology, and anthropology, have their own technical vocabulary, presuppositions, questions, and methodologies, which a biblical scholar must learn in order to appropriate these approaches for study of the biblical text. This book will introduce the student and the interested teacher to these new approaches, providing bibliography for further study in the method. Moreover, this book will actually apply the method to a particular text in the Book of Judges, so that the reader may see the method "in action."
Friendship in the Hebrew Bible
Hardcover ISBN: 0300182686
Friendship, though a topic of considerable humanistic and cross disciplinary interest in contemporary scholarship, has been largely ignored by scholars of the Hebrew Bible, possibly because of its complexity and elusiveness. Filling a significant gap in our knowledge and understanding of biblical texts, Saul M. Olyan provides this original, accessible analysis of a key form of social relationship. In this thorough and compelling assessment, Olyan analyzes a wide range of texts, including prose narratives, prophetic materials, psalms, pre-Hellenistic wisdom collections, and the Hellenistic-era wisdom book Ben Sira. This in-depth, contextually sensitive, and theoretically engaged study explores how the expectations of friends and family members overlap and differ, examining, among other things, characteristics that make the friend a distinct social actor; failed friendship; and friendships in narratives such as those of Ruth and Naomi, and Jonathan and David. Olyan presents a comprehensive look at what constitutes friendship in the Hebrew Bible.
The Book of David
Hardcover ISBN: 0517708000
The coauthor of The Book of J illuminates the life and times of the ancient biblical King David, detailing the inspirational leadership skills, poetic voice, and insights that have shaped the values and conscience of western civilization. 40,000 first printing.
Walking the Bible
A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
Hardcover ISBN: 0380977753
From the mountain where Noah's ark landed to the site of the legendary burning bush, a ten-thousand-mile journey across the Middle East goes in search of the roots of the Bible to discover whether it was an abstraction or a living, breathing entity. 75,000 first printing.
A Living Conversation
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385483457
The author of The Power of Myth presents an illustrated companion volume to a ten-part series on public television, a discussion of the Book of Genesis by more than fifty eminent thinkers and artists. 200,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo. TV tie-in.
The Book of Job
Paperback ISBN: 0060969598
The theme of The Book of Job is nothing less than human suffering and the transcendence of it: it pulses with moral energy, outrage, and spiritual insight. Now, The Book of Job has been rendered into English by the eminent translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell, whose versions of Rilke, Israeli poetry, and the Tao Te Ching have been widely praised. This is the first time ever that the Hebrew verse of Job has been translated into verse in any language, ancient or modern, and the result is a triumph.
Genesis As It Is Written
Contemporary Writers on Our First Stories
Hardcover ISBN: 0060667060
Twenty-two celebrated authors explore the universal themes of love, hatred, justice, and betrayal revealed in the stories of Genesis, including David Mamet's version of the tale of Noah, James Carroll on Abraham's exile, and other essays by Arthur Miller, Michael Dorris, and Madison Smartt Bell. 25,000 first printing.