Focusing Biblical Studies: The Crucial Nature of the Persian and Hellenistic Periods: Essays in Honor of Douglas A. Knight

Jack M. Sasson, Philip R. Davies, Neils P. Lemche, Israel Finkelstein, Ken Stone, Julye Bidmead, Annalisa Azzoni, Kristin Swanson, Amy-Jill Levine, Robert McLachlan Wilson, Deborah Appler, Cheryl B. Anderson, Herbert R. Marbury, James L. Crenshaw, Norman K. Gottwald, Jennifer L. Koosed, David Penchansky, and Peter J. Haas

Focusing Biblical Studies: The Crucial Nature of the Persian and Hellenistic Periods: Essays in Honor of Douglas A. Knight
Focusing Biblical Studies: The Crucial Nature of the Persian and Hellenistic Periods: Essays in Honor of Douglas A. Knight

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This volume makes a positive intervention into maximalist/minimalist debates about Israelite historiography by pointing to the events that happened during the Persian and Hellenistic periods. During this historical epoch, traditions about Israel and Judah's founding became fixed as markers of ethnic identity, and much of the canonical Hebrew Bible came into its present form. Concentrating on these events, a clearer historical picture emerges.

The entire volume is set within the context of Douglas A. Knight's contributions, which have encouraged a rigorous social-scientific and tradition-historical approach to the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel in general.

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
    • Jon Berquist and Alice Hunt, The Contributions of Douglas A. Knight
  • History and Contexts
    • Jack Sasson, Vanderbilt University, Coveting the Second Temple Period
    • Philip Davies, Sheffield University, The Origins of the Kingdom of Judah
    • Neils P. Lemche, Copenhagen University, Shechem Revisited
    • Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem: A Persian City
    • Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary, The Zoological Gaze in Post-Exilic Biblical Literature
    • Julye Bidmead, Chapman University, From New Moon to New Moon: Women's Rituals in the Persian Period
  • Texts and History
    • Annalisa Azzoni, Vanderbilt University, Genesis: Creating Creation
    • Kristin Swanson, Luther College, What happens when we read Judges in the Persian Period?
    • Robert R. Wilson, Yale University, The Persian Period and the Shaping of the Prophetic Literature
    • Deborah Appler, Moravian Theological Seminary, "'Digging in the Claws.' Daniel 4 and the Predatory Nature of Empire"
    • Cheryl B. Anderson, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Ruth and Esther as Models for the Formation of God's People: Engaging Liberationist Critiques
    • Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, "Xenophobia" of Ezra/Nehemiah and Post-Colonial Views of "Jews"
    • Herbert R. Marbury, Vanderbilt University, Nehemiah: Caught Between Court and Cult with Lessons for Church and State
    • James Crenshaw, Duke University, Pondering the Passing of Time: Psalm 39 and Qoheleth
    • Norman Gottwald, Pacific School of Religion, Ecclesiastes of the Hellenistic Period
    • Jennifer L. Koosed, Albright College, The Chronicler Buries Saul
    • David Penchansky, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul), Sophia and Simon: The Two Poles of Ben Sira's Affection
    • Peter J. Haas, Case Western Reserve University, Was the Judaism of the Dead Sea Scrolls a Mystery Religion?


  • Conclusion
    • :Jon Berquist and Alice Hunt, The Future Focus of Biblical Studies: Where Do We Go From Here?


Pages: 224
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2014
ISBN-10: 0567656284
ISBN-13: 9780567656285

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