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Stephen John

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This paper investigates whether being “physically insecure” (being at risk of not continuing to meet one's physical needs in the future) should be thought of as a constituent of current wellbeing. In §1, it is argued that we cannot understand the value of security in terms of “freedom from fear”. In §2, it is argued that the reliablist approach to epistemology can help us to construct an account of why physical security is valuable, by relating security to the conditions of agency for practically and epistemically limited animals. In §3, this argument is compared with other attempts to understand the value of physical security. In §4, the relationship between security and threats of rights violation is clarified. In §5, the epistemic analogy of §2 is used to suggest a difference between the concepts of “security” and “capability”.

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Stephen John Wright

This article engages with the work of Oliver Davies to ask about the role of divine transcendence in Davies’ project of ‘Transformation Theology’. While Davies argues that a theology of transcendence paints a picture of a remote God, this article asks whether this is an accurate reading of the tradition of thinking about divine transcendence. The tradition, this article argues, has commonly depicted transcendence as that feature of divinity that enables, rather than hinders, divine agency in the world. As a result, the article asks of Davies whether a conscious positive engagement with the concept of divine transcendence might actually aid the cause of ‘Transformation Theology’.

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Beyond Babel

A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages

Edited by John Kaltner and Stephen McKenzie

This book provides an introduction to the languages that are important for the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel. It contains articles on Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, Biblical and Epigraphic Hebrew, Post-biblical Hebrew, Hittite, Phoenician, the Northwest Semitic dialects (Ammonite, Edomite, and Moabite), and Ugaritic. The contributors are Peggy L. Day, Frederick E. Greenspahn, Jo Ann Hackett, Harry A. Hoffner, Jr., John Kaltner, Charles R. Krahmalkov, Baruch A. Levine, David Marcus, Simon B. Parker, and Donald B. Redford. A general introduction by John Huehnergard discusses the importance of the study of Near Eastern languages for biblical scholarship, helping to make the volume an ideal resource for persons beginning an in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).

Mearsheimer, John J. and Stephen M. Walt