The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective


Contributors to The Divine Courtroom in Comparative Perspective treat one of the most pervasive religious metaphors, that of the divine courtroom, in both its historical and thematic senses. In order to shed light on the various manifestations of the divine courtroom, this volume consists of essays by scholars of the ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, Talmud, Islam, medieval Judaism, and classical Greek literature. Contributions to the volume primarily center upon three related facets of the divine courtroom: the role of the divine courtroom in the earthly legal system; the divine courtroom as the site of historical justice; and the divine courtroom as the venue in which God is called to answer for his own unjust acts.

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Ari Mermelstein, Ph.D. (2011), New York University, is Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. His research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple literature. He is the author of Creation, Covenant, and the Beginnings of Judaism: Reconceiving Historical Time in the Second Temple Period(Brill, 2014).

Shalom E. Holtz, Ph.D. (2006), University of Pennsylvania, is Associate Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. The author of Neo-Babylonian Court Procedure (Brill, 2009), he is interested in Mesopotamian literature and law and their relationships to biblical and post-biblical writings.
"well conceived and balanced on the whole. [...] Excellently edited, this is a stimulation collection with essays worthy of serious engagement." - Bradley J. Bitner, in: Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38 (5) 2016
"Each of these essays, written by an expert in the field, is worth considering, and in aggregate they are crucial reading." - Bruce Chilton, Bard College
Contributors are: Tzvi Abusch, Joseph Angel, Victor Bers, Chaya Halberstam, Zeev Harvey, Shalom E. Holtz, Job Y. Jindo, Meira Z. Kensky, Adriaan Lanni, Andrew T. Lincoln, F. Rachel Magdalene, Ari Mermelstein, Carol A. Newsom, Mathieu Tillier, Dov Weiss
All interested in comparative religion, comparative law, theology, ancient Near Eastern literature, Hebrew Bible, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and classics.
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