Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Paperback | April 1, 1995

byMichael Fishbane

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First published in hardback in August 1985, Professor Fishbane's book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of textual analysis in ancient Israel. It explores the rich tradition of exegesis prior to the development of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism andthe earliest Christian communities, and examines four main categories of exegesis: scribal, legal, aggadic, and mantological. In studying this subject, it emerges that the Hebrew Bible is not only the foundation document for the exegetical culture of Judaism and Christianity, but an exegetical workin its own right. Professor Fishbane, who has added new material in appendices to this paperback edition, has been awarded three major prizes for this work: the National Jewish Book Award 1986, the Biblical Archaeological Society 1986 Publication Award, and the Kenneth B. Smilen LiteraryAward.

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First published in hardback in August 1985, Professor Fishbane's book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of textual analysis in ancient Israel. It explores the rich tradition of exegesis prior to the development of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism andthe earliest Christian communities, and exam...

Michael Fishbane is at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:636 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.3 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198266995

ISBN - 13:9780198266990

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A review of the 1985 issue; 'It is a pleasure to review a book which reveals so clearly years of intense research and hard reflection. Prof. Fishbane's carefully structured book i s packed with such detailed exegesis and close argument that only the serious reader can begin to tap itsrichness; however, the rewards are great for anyone willing to expend the energy.' Journal of Biblical Literature