This volume presents all the main lectures of the XIXth Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Ljubljana (July 2007). It is a very good sample of the main trends and progress of current biblical research on masoretic tradition, Hebrew philology, textual criticism, literary criticism (especially in prophetic books), ancient Judaism, formation of the collections of Ancient Scriptures, and biblical themes (especially according to the orthodox tradition of interpretation). The thirty-one authors are among the main international figures of current biblical exegesis and their contributions are representative of the study of the Old Testament at the beginning of the third millennium.
André Lemaire, Ph.D. (1973) in Oriental Studies, University of Paris III is correspondent of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres (Paris) and Professor of Hebrew and Aramaic Philology and Epigraphy at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris).
He has published extensively on Bible and West Semitic Epigraphy including NAISSANCE DU MONOTHÉISME. Point de vue d'un historien (Paris, Bayard, 2003) = THE BIRTH OF MONOTHEISM (Washington, Biblical Archaeology Society, 2007).
'The lion's share of his essay offers a thorough analysis of the pericope itself.'
H. Debel, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Contributors include Gianni Barbiero, Vladimir Baranov, John Barton, Ulrich Berges, David J. A. Clines, Johann Cook, Evangelia G. Dafni, Aron Dotan, Gerog Fischer, Francolino Gonçalves, Haroutun S. Jamgotchian, Jan Joosten, Jože Krašovec, Reinhard G. Kratz, Armin Lange, Grant Macaskill, Catherine M. MacRobert, Vasile Mihoc, Olivier Munnich, Alviero Niccacci, Svetlina Nikolova, Martti Nissinen, Mary Jerome Obiorah, David L. Petersen, Silvia Schroer, Choon-Leong Seow, Seizo Sekine, Jean-Pierre Sonnet, Hermann-Josef Stipp, Marvin A. Sweeney, Emmanuel Tov.
All those interested in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the various trends of current biblical research and interpretation.