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Bible and Canon

A Modern Historical Inquiry

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Luc Zaman

Several decades ago canonical criticism came to dominate the study of the canon and even indeed all of biblical studies by its emphasis on the biblical canon's dogmatic content. An investigation of this canonical criticism brings its weak points to light: most notably the insufficient attention that is given to the canon's historical development.

This new historical study begins with the earliest stages of the process of forming the canon rather than its final stages as most studies do. It shows how the canon, in essence, was already formed in the early stages of its historical development. It is essentially, synchronically, an authoritative unification of a range of traditions within the faith community, and diachronically, the guide that draws the dynamics of these traditions beyond their discontinuities to produce a continuity.

Eating in Isaiah

Approaching the Role of Food and Drink in Isaiah's Structure and Message

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Andrew T. Abernethy

In Eating in Isaiah Andrew Abernethy employs a sequential-synchronic approach to explore the role of eating in the structure and message of the book of Isaiah. By focusing on 'scaffolding' chapters (Isaiah 1; 36–37; 55; 65-66), avenues open for exploring how eating operates within the major sections of Isaiah and how the motif enhances the book's coherence. Furthermore, occurrences of eating in Isaiah create networks of association that grant perspective on significant topics in the book's message, such as Zion, YHWH’s kingship, and YHWH's servants. Amidst growing scholarly interest in food and drink within biblical literature, Eating in Isaiah demonstrates how eating can operate at a literary level within a prophetic book.

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Nathalie LaCoste

have explored some of its implications for the study of Judaism in antiquity. The aim of this study was to open up new avenues of research that would further contribute to our understanding of early Judaism. The hydric environment of Egypt was not simply present in the background of Jewish experiences

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Nathalie LaCoste

not as the beneficent giver of life, 11 as presented in Egyptian literature, but as a destroyer of the Egyptian people. In contrast to these negative depictions, a positive view of the flooding of the Nile as abundant appears in the book of Ben Sira. 12 In chapter 24, the Nile is likened to divine

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Nathalie LaCoste

descriptions of the physical environment. This chapter will argue that writing in the place of Egypt had a role in shaping these Jewish narratives of the exodus. Through an examination of how place shapes compositions, we can gain insight into the negotiation between past and present, and better understand

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Nathalie LaCoste

throughout Mediterranean. In this pairing, Isis was known as the one who initiated the flood. 21 Despite these many ideas presented of Isis and Osiris, they are all deeply and historically connected to water (especially sacred floodwater) through their connections to the annual Nile flood. The Isis cult

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Nathalie LaCoste

further amplified when we compare the literary texts from Egypt with the book of Exodus. While each of the exodus texts from Egypt shows familiarity with the book of Exodus, there remain several significant departures from the text in terms of their descriptions of the land of Egypt as presented in the

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Nathalie LaCoste

in the past eighty years. 2 The Study of Jews in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt The present understanding of Judaism in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt has been informed by the study of literary texts, preserved and codified by early Christians (e.g., Wisdom of Solomon, Philo) and documentary evidence (mainly

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Nathalie LaCoste

Jews lived, in an effort to offer a foundation for the literary study of the exodus narratives contained later in this book. My approach in this chapter is to present evidence that sheds light on Jewish experiences with water. In some cases, we have papyri directly dealing with water use, yet in others