Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of…

Hardcover | March 19, 2009

EditorDeborah A. Green, Laura S. Lieber

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Scriptural Exegesis gathers voices from an international community of scholars to consider the many facets of the history of biblical interpretation and to question how exegesis shapes spiritual and cultural creativity. Divided into four broadly chronological sections that chart a variety ofapproaches from ancient to modern times, the essays examine texts and problems rooted in the ancient world yet still of concern today. Nineteen chapters incorporate the expertise of contributors from a diverse range of disciplines, including ancient religion, philosophy, mysticism, and folklore.Each embraces the challenge of explicating complex and often esoteric writings in light of Michael Fishbane's groundbreaking work in exegesis.

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Scriptural Exegesis gathers voices from an international community of scholars to consider the many facets of the history of biblical interpretation and to question how exegesis shapes spiritual and cultural creativity. Divided into four broadly chronological sections that chart a variety ofapproaches from ancient to modern times, the...

Deborah A. Green is Greenberg Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Oregon.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber: IntroductionI: The ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible: The shape of the text1. Jan Assmann: Myth as historia divina and historia sacra2. Bernard M. Levinson: The Neo-Assyrian origins of the canon formula in Deuteronomy 13:13. Ernest Nicholson: Traditum and traditio: The case of Deuteronomy 17:14-204. Marc Zvi Brettler: The riddle of Psalm 1115. William M. Schniedewind: Calling God names: An inner-biblical approach to the TetragrammatonII: Intertestamental, postbiblical, and rabbinic literature: Reimagining the text6. Israel Knohl: The Suffering Servant: From Isaiah to the Dead Sea Scrolls7. Yehudah Liebes: The Work of the Chariot and the Work of Creation as mystical teachings in Philo of Alexandria8. Philip S. Alexander: The cultural history of the ancient Bible versions: The case of Lamentations9. Joanna Weinberg: A rabbinic disquisition of Leviticus 26:3-13: A utopian vision between Jews and Christians10. Marc Hirshman: Yearning for intimacy: Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and the temple11. Moshe Halbertal: 'If the text had not been written, it could not be said'III: The medieval period: A new textual imagination12. Kalman P. Bland: Cain, Abel, and brutism13. Elliot R. Wolfson: 'Sage is preferable to prophet': Revisioning midrashic imagination14. Moshe Idel: On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth-century Ashkenaz15. Eli Yassif: 'Virgil in the Basket': Narrative as hermeneutics in Hebrew literature of the Middle Ages16. Gilbert Dahan: Fabula, between myTHos and ????: Concerning Christian exegesis in the Middle Ages17. Bernard McGinn: Women reading the Song of Songs in the Christian traditionIV: The modern period: The human and divine in the text18. Naftali Loewenthal: Finding the radiance in the text: A Habad hasidic interpretation of the Exodus19. Paul Mendes-Flohr: Between sensual and heavenly love: Franz Rosenzweig's reading of the Song of Songs