This volume presents the main lectures of the 23rd Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, in August 2019. Twenty internationally distinguished scholars present their current research on the Hebrew Bible, including the literary history of the Hebrew text, its Greek translation, and the history of interpretation. Some focus on the semantic and syntactic features of the biblical text and its impact on cultural memory while others deal with textual witnesses in the Dead Sea scrolls, Ethiopic sources, and Arabic translations. The volume gives readers a representative view of recent research on the Hebrew Bible.
Christl M. Maier, Dr. theol. 1994 at Humboldt-University Berlin, Professor of Old Testament at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, and editor-in-chief of Supplements to Vetus Testamentum. She has published extensively on Wisdom Literature, Old Testament prophecy, and Feminist Hermeneutics, her latest work being a commentary on Jeremiah 1–25 for Internationaler Exegetischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2022).
Joachim Schaper, Ph.D. (Cantab) 1993, Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, has published numerous essays on Deuteronomy, prophecy, psalms, wisdom literature, orality and literacy in ancient Israel, etc., and books on the Septuagint psalter, the Israelite priesthood, Psalm 42/43, and, most recently, on media and monotheism.
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1 The Weight of Justice: Counting, Weighing, and Measuring in Ancient Israel’s Social and Intellectual Worlds Joachim Schaper
2 The Seventh Day in Genesis 2:2–3 and the Change from Kingship to Sabbath Matthijs de Jong
3 Reciprocity, Rejection, and Rhetoric: New Perspectives on the Prophets and the Cult Göran Eidevall
4 Le texte du Lévitique. Regard d’un éditeur de la Biblia Hebraica Quinta Innocent Himbaza
5 Towards a “Cognitive Philology”: Reading Hos 11:1–4 with the Shades Jeremy M. Hutton
6 The Messianic Controversy Israel Knohl
7 Wahre Stadt und heiliger Berg bei Jesaja und Sacharja Corinna Körting
8 Contextual Readings of the Song of Songs in the Pre-modern Period Timothy H. Lim
9 Between Pietism and Totemism: The Old Testament in the Letters of William Robertson Smith Bernhard Maier
10 « Dioikeî tà pánta ». Sg 8,1 et son contexte philosophique Luca Mazzinghi
11 The Origins of Deuteronomic “Law” Sara Milstein
12 The Voice from the Fire R. W. L. Moberly
13 Textual Unities and Poetic Processes in Ancient Judaism Hindy Najman
14 Arabic Bible Versions in the High Middle Ages and Their Relevance to Biblical Studies Meira Polliack
15 Contestations et conflits d’idéologies dans le Psautier Sophie Ramond
16 Solomon from Archival Sources to Collective Memory William M. Schniedewind
17 Der historische Ort der Sozialgesetze des Deuteronomiums Hans Ulrich Steymans
18 The Significance of Ethiopic Witnesses for the Text Tradition of 1 Enoch: Problems and Prospects Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Ted M. Erho
19 Biblical Symmetry and Its Modern Detractors Andrew Teeter
20 Creation Out of Conflict? The Chaoskampf Motif in the Old Testament: Cosmic Dualism or creatio ex nihilo David Toshio Tsumura
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