The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies series has a number of books newly released in paperback!
This series takes an innovate approach in dissecting topics by not only including theological theories, but historical, social-scientific, literary, and cultural theories as well. A highlight from the series includes Persepolis and Jerusalem:
Persepolis and Jerusalem reconsiders Iranian influence upon Jewish apocalyptic, and offers grounds upon which such study may proceed. After describing the history of scholarship on the question of Iranian influence and on Jewish apocalyptic, Jason M. Silverman reformulates the methodology for understanding apocalyptic and influence. The historical context is expanded through media-contextualization, particularly Oral Theory, and critiques the standard text-centric method of current Biblical Scholarship.
Review from Reviews in Religion and Theology:
“This study proves useful to any scholar working in the field of Second Temple Judaism, and particularly in early Jewish apocalyptic. Silverman’s conclusion that the Iranian tradition had a great impact on the development of the Jewish Apocalyptic Hermeneutic is reasonable and well researched. This work represents a great step toward a better understanding of the origins of Jewish apocalypticism and its subsequent development.” – Amanda M. Davis Bedsoe, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich
Other titles from the series now available in paperback:
- Weighing Hearts: Character, Judgment, and the Ethics of Reading the Bible, shows how readers evaluate characters in biblical narrative by integrating approaches native to social psychology, literary theory, and moral philosophy.
- The Days of Our Years: A Lexical Semantic Study of the Life Cycle in Biblical Israel, is an
investigation into the lexical meanings of Hebrew terms for the human life cycle in the Old Testament.
- Still Selling the Righteous: A Redaction-critical Investigation of Reasons for Judgment in Amos, investigates the composition history of the Amos-text by drawing on the influential works of Hans W Wolff and J Jeremias.
- The One Who Reads May Run: Essays in Honour of Edgar W. Conrad, is a volume of essays focusing on various dimensions of what it means to read the Bible, which was the abiding concern of Conrad's work.
- The Violent Gift: Trauma's Subversion of the Deuteronomistic History's Narrative, traces the narrative of the exilic author of the Deuteronomistic History, providing an explanation for the trauma that the Judean community in Babylon suffered.
To find out more about the series, visit our site here.