Bible and Interpretation: The Collected Essays of James Barr: Volumes I-III

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byJames Barr, Ernest NicholsonEditorJohn Barton

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This is a three volume collection of the most important published papers of James Barr (1924-2006). The papers deal with questions of theology (especially biblical theology), biblical interpretation and ideas about biblical inspiration and authority, and questions to do with biblical Hebrewand Greek, along with several lexicographical studies, essays and obituaries on major figures in the history of biblical interpretation, and a number of important reviews. Many of pieces collected here have hitherto been available only in journals and hard-to-access collections. This collection will prove indispensable for anyone seeking a rounded picture of Barr's work. It incorporates work from every period of his academic life, and includes a number of discussions of fundamentalism and conservative biblical interpretation. Some pieces also shed light on less well-knownaspects of Barr's work, such as his abiding interest in biblical chronology. Barr's characteristic incisive, clear, and forthright style is apparent throughout the collection. The three volumes are thematically compiled. Each is accompanied by an introduction by John Barton, providing a guide to the contents.Volume 1 begins with a biographical essay by Ernest Nicholson and John Barton. It contains major articles on theology in relation to the Bible, programmatic studies of the past and future of biblical study, and reflections on specific topics in the study of the Old Testament. Volume 2 is concerned with detailed biblical interpretation and with the history of the discipline. It also contains material on biblical fundamentalism. Volume 3 is a collection of Barr's extensive papers on linguistic matters relating to Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and to biblical translation in the ancient and the modern world.

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This is a three volume collection of the most important published papers of James Barr (1924-2006). The papers deal with questions of theology (especially biblical theology), biblical interpretation and ideas about biblical inspiration and authority, and questions to do with biblical Hebrewand Greek, along with several lexicographical ...

James Barr is Formerly Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford. John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:2224 pagesPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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VOLUME 1: INTERPRETATION AND HISTORYJohn Barton: ForewordErnest Nicholson and John Barton: James Barr RememberedJohn Barton: IntroductionI: Biblical Interpretation and Biblical Theology1. Does Biblical Study still belong to Theology?2. Biblical Scholarship and the Unity of the Church3. Historical Reading and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture4. The Bible as a Document of Believing Communities5. Some Thoughts on Narrative, Myth and Incarnation6. Reading the Bible as Literature7. Divine Action and Hebrew Wisdom8. Biblical Scholarship and the Theory of Truth9. Literality10. Exegesis as a Theological Discipline Reconsidered, and the Shadow of the Jesus of History11. Biblical Criticism as Theological Enlightenment12. Jowett and the Reading of the Bible 'like any other book'13. The Bible as a Political Document14. Revelation through History in the Old Testament and in Modern Theology15. Semantics and Biblical Theology16. Story and History in Biblical Theology17. Biblical Theology18. Biblical Theology and Revelation in History19. Trends and Prospects in Biblical Theology20. The Theological Case against Biblical Theology21. Some Problems in the Search for a Pan-Biblical Theology22. Predictions and Surprises: A Response to Walter Brueggemann's ReviewII: Authority of Scripture23. Has the Bible any Authority?24. Biblical Hermeneutics in Ecumenical Discussion25. The Authority of Scripture: Dictionary Definition26. Scriptural Proof27. The Authority of Scripture: The Book of Genesis and the Origin of Evil in Jewish and Christian Tradition28. Review of William J. Abraham, Divine Revelation and the Limits of Historical CriticismIII: Judaism29. Judaism: Its Continuity with the BibleIV: Natural Theology30. Biblical Faith and Natural Theology31. Mowinckel, the Old Testament, and the Question of Natural Theology32. Biblical Law and the Question of Natural Theology33. Greek Culture and the Question of Natural Theology34. Ancient Biblical Laws and Modern Human RightsV: Environing Religions35. Philo of Byblos and his 'Phoenician History'36. The Question of Religious Influence: The Case of Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity37. The Language of ReligionIndexVOLUME 2: BIBLICAL STUDIESJohn Barton: IntroductionI. Old Testament1. The Old Testament2. The Old Testament and the new crisis of Biblical Authority3. The Meaning of 'Mythology' in Relation to the Old Testament4. Theophany and Anthropomorphism in the Old Testament5. The Image of God in Genesis: Some Linguistic and Historical Considerations6. The Image of God in the Book of Genesis: A Study in Terminology7. The Symbolism of Names in the Old Testament8. The Book of Job and its Modern Interpreters9. Jewish Apocalyptic in Recent Scholarly Study10. An Aspect of Salvation in the Old Testament11. Review article of M. Brett, Biblical Criticism in Crisis?12. Hebraic Psychology13. Review of James L. Kugel, The Idea of Biblical Poetry14. The Synchronic, the Diachronic, and the Historical: A Triangular Relationshipa15. Some Semantic Notes on the Covenant16. Was Everything that God Created really good?: A Question in the First Verse of the Bible17. Reflections on the Covenant with Noah18. A Puzzle in Deuteronomy19. Mythical Monarch Unmasked? Mysterious Doings of Debir King of Eglon20. Did Isaiah know about Hebrew 'Root Meanings'?21. Thou art the Cherub': Ezekiel 28.14 and the Post-Ezekiel Understanding of Genesis 2-3II. New Testament22. Which Language did Jesus speak? Some Remarks of a Semitist23. Words for Love in Biblical Greek24. Abba isn't 'Daddy'25. The Hebrew/Aramaic Background of 'Hypocrisy' in the GospelsIII. Methods and Implications26. Allegory and Typology27. The Literal, the Allegorical, and Modern Biblical Scholarship28. Allegory and Historicism29. Childs' Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture30. Man and Nature: The Ecological Controversy and the Old Testament31. Biblical Language and Exegesis: How far does Structuralism help us?IV. Biblical Chronology32. Why the World was Created in 4004 BC: Archbishop Usser and Biblical Chronology33. Biblical Chronology: Legend or Science?34. Luther and Biblical Chronology35. Review of W. Adler, Time Immemorial: Archaic History and its Sources in Christian Chronography from Julius Africanus to George Syncellus36. Pre-scientific Chronology: The Bible and the Origin of the WorldV. Fundamentalism37. Fundamentalism38. Fundamentalism and Biblical Authority [Religious Fundamentalism]39. The Fundamentalist Understanding of Scripture40. The Problem of Fundamentalism Today41. Fundamentalism' and Evangelical Scholarship42. The Dynamics of Fundamentalism43. Foreword to Fundamentalism edited by Martyn PercyVI. History of Scholarship44. John Duncan45. H. H. Rowley46. Godfrey Rolles Driver47. George Bradford Caird48. Remembrances of 'Historical Criticism': Speiser s Genesis Commentary and its History of Reception49. Wilhelm Vischer and Allegory50. Friedrich Delitzsch51. Morris Jastrow52. Foreword to In Search of Wisdom: Essays in Memory of John G. GammieIndexVOLUME 3: LINGUISTICS AND TRANSLATIONJohn Barton: Introduction1. Ancient Translations1. Vocalization and the Analysis of Hebrew among the Ancient Translators2. Three Interrelated Factors in the Semantic Study of Ancient Hebrew3. Guessing' in the Septuagint4. Doubts about Homeophony in the Septuagint5. Did the Greek Pentateuch really serve as a Dictionary for the Translation of the Later Booksa6. Seeing the Wood for the Trees? An Enigmatic Ancient Translation7. erizw and ereidw in the Septuagint: A Note principally on Gen. xlix.68. Aramaic-Greek Notes on the Book of Enoch9. The Meaning of epakouw and Cognates in the LXX10. Review article of J. Reider, An Index to Aquila11. Review of P. Walters (Katz), The Text of the Septuagint12. Review article of Bruce H. Metzger (ed.), The Early Versions of the New Testament13. Translators' Handling of Verb Tense in Semantically Ambiguous Contexts14. Cr)b - MOLIS; Prov. xi.31, 1 Peter iv.182. Modern Translations15. Biblical Translation and the Church16. After Five Years: A Retrospect on Two Major Translations of the Bible17. Modern English Bible Versions as a Problem for the Church3. Hebrew and Semitic Languages18. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek in the Hellenistic Age19. Hebrew Linguistic Literature: From the 16th Century to the Present20. The Nature of Linguistic Evidence in the Text of the Bible21. Reading a Script without Vowels22. Semitic Philology and the Interpretation of the Old Testament23. The Ancient Semitic Languages: The Conflict between Philology and Linguistics24. Common Sense and Biblical Language25. Etymology and the Old Testament26. Limitations of Etymology as a Lexicographical Instrument in Biblical Hebrew27. A New Look at Kethibh-Qere28. Determination and the Definite Article in Biblical Hebrew29. St Jerome s Appreciation of Hebrew30. St Jerome and the Sounds of Hebrew31. Migrash in the Old Testament32. Ugaritic and Hebrew sbm?33. One Man or All Humanity? A Question in the Anthropology of Genesis 134. Some Notes on ben 'between' in classical Hebrew35. Hebrew d( especially at Job i.18 and Neh. vii.336. Why?' in biblical Hebrew?37. Is Hebrew 'nest' a Metaphor?38. Hebrew Orthography and the Book of Job39. Three Interrelated Factors in the Semantic Study of Ancient Hebrew40. Scope and Problems in the Semantics of Classical Hebrew41. Hebrew Lexicography42. Hebrew Lexicography: Informal Thoughts43. Philology and Exegesis: Some general Remarks, with Illustrations from Job iii44. Review of J. Yahuda, Hebrew is Greek45. Review articles on Koehler-Baumgartner, Hebraisches und Aramaisches Lexikon zum Alten Testament, parts 1 and 246. Review article on E Ullendorff, Is Biblical Hebrew a Language?47. Review of J. Blau, Grammar of Biblical HebrewIndex