Friendship In The Hebrew Bible by Saul M. Olyan

Friendship In The Hebrew Bible

bySaul M. Olyan

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The first comprehensive study of friendship in the Hebrew Bible  

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.
 

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Saul M. Olyan is the Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of religious studies at Brown University. He serves on the editorial board of the Anchor Yale Bible series. He lives in Providence, RI.
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Title:Friendship In The Hebrew BibleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300182686

ISBN - 13:9780300182682

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“Saul Olyan’s book, masterfully investigated, is the first serious and comprehensive study of friendship in the Bible, a topic that has mostly been ignored by specialists. It offers new and unexpected insights and makes an important contribution to contemporary cross-cultural theories about friendship. A must read for students and scholars of the Bible.”—Thomas Römer, Collège de France and University of Lausanne (Switzerland)