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In: Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls

In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet proclaims that Jerusalem will be destroyed by a foreign nation. According to the call narrative, however, Jeremiah himself is transformed into “a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall” (Jer 1:18). While these architectural metaphors have often been explained with regard to Egyptian royal ideology, the article further explores their meaning and function within their literary context. Comparing characterizations of both the prophet and personified Jerusalem, the essay argues that Jer 1:18 offers a late comment to the book: Jeremiah functions as a stand-in for yhwh’s favorite city. A text-critical investigation of Jer 1:18 demonstrates—in contrast to former studies—that the mt pluses deliberately elaborate the prophet’s role by rendering him a substitute for the temple.

In: Vetus Testamentum
In: Jeremiah’s Scriptures
In: Congress Volume Munich 2013
In: Congress Volume Munich 2013
This volume presents the main lectures of the 21st Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Munich, Germany, in August 2013. Seventeen internationally distinguished scholars present their current research on the Hebrew Bible, including the literary history of the Hebrew text, its Greek translation and history of interpretation. Some focus on archeological sources and the reconstruction of ancient Israelite religion while others discuss the formation of the biblical text and its impact for cultural memory. The volume gives readers a representative view of the most recent developments in the study of the Old Testament.

Contributors are: Olivier Artus, Ehud Ben Zvi, Beate Ego, Irmtraud Fischer, Christian Frevel, Shimon Gesundheit, Timothy P. Harrison, Louis C. Jonker, James L. Kugel, Christoph Levin, Amihai Mazar, Steven L. McKenzie, Konrad Schmid, Yvonne Sherwood, Zipora Talshir, Akio Tsukimoto, and Jacques Vermeylen.
Editor-in-Chief: Christl M. Maier
The Supplements to Vetus Testamentum series covers the whole range of Old Testament study, including Septuaginta studies, Ugaritic research relevant to the study of the Old Testament, Hebrew studies, studies in ancient Israelite history and society, and studies in the history of the discipline. There are both monographs and collective volumes, the latter including the Proceedings of the Triennial International Congresses of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament.

The series published an average of 4,5 volumes per year over the last 5 years.

Abstract

In a chorus of voices, the book of Jeremiah commemorates Jerusalem’s destruction by the Babylonians as an event that generated traumatic responses. Jer 40-44 narrates the story of the Judean survivors who flee to Egypt after the murder of the Babylonian governor Gedaliah. This article uses the theory of “cultural trauma”, defined by an international group of sociologists around Jeffrey C. Alexander, as a heuristic tool for analyzing Jer 40-44, especially the description of perpetrators and victims, and the conflicting interpretations of history. It aims at demonstrating why and in what way the perspective of the Babylonian golah prevails in the book of Jeremiah, which as a whole presents a master narrative about Judah’s cultural trauma.

In: Vetus Testamentum
Editor-in-Chief: Christl M. Maier
Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online, Supplement 2021 contains new volumes.

The Supplements to Vetus Testamentum series covers the whole range of Old Testament study, including Septuaginta studies, Ugaritic research relevant to the study of the Old Testament, Hebrew studies, studies in ancient Israelite history and society, and studies in the history of the discipline. There are both monographs and collective volumes, the latter including the Proceedings of the Triennial International Congresses of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament.

The title list and free MARC records are available for download here.
Editor-in-Chief: Christl M. Maier
Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online, Supplement 2019 contains new volumes.

The Supplements to Vetus Testamentum series covers the whole range of Old Testament study, including Septuaginta studies, Ugaritic research relevant to the study of the Old Testament, Hebrew studies, studies in ancient Israelite history and society, and studies in the history of the discipline. There are both monographs and collective volumes, the latter including the Proceedings of the Triennial International Congresses of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament.

The title list and free MARC records are available for download here.