Congress Volume Helsinki 2010


Editor: Martti Nissinen
This volume brings together the main contributions to the 20th congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Helsinki, Finland in August, 2010. The 24 articles discuss the following five topics: Archaeology and texts, with an emphasis on the Persian Period; Qumran, the Septuagint and the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible; Deuteronomistic texts, with a special focus on the question “What is ‘Deuteronomistic?’”; Wisdom and Apocalypticism; and methodological and interdisciplinary issues such as Bible and art and intertextuality. The volume gives readers an up-to-date view of the most recent developments in the research of these topics and the study of the Hebrew Bible in general.
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Biographical Note

Martti Nissinen, Doctor of Theology (1992), is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is one of the leading specialists of ancient Near Eastern prophecy and has published extensively on gender issues in ancient Near Eastern texts.

Table of contents

Contributors include: Susan Ackerman, Anneli Aejmelaeus, Rainer Albertz, Uwe Becker, Pancratius Beentjes, Angelika Berlejung, David M. Carr, Sidney White Crawford, Kristin De Troyer, Jan Dušek, Diana Edelmann, Cynthia Edenburg, J. Cheryl Exum, Lester L. Grabbe, Raz Kletter, Michael A. Knibb, Gary N. Knoppers, Oded Lipschits, Steven L. McKenzie, Christophe Nihan, Konrad Schmid, Raija Sollamo, Ben G. Wright, and Tetsuo Yamaga.


Why Translation Technique and Literalness Again? The Renderings of the Infinitive Absolute in the Septuagint of Jeremiah
Raija Sollamo
The Assyrians in the West: Assyrianization, Colonialism, Indifference, or Development Policy?
Angelika Berlejung
Omri and Son, Incorporated: The Business of History
Lester L. Grabbe
Yavneh, Pierre Menard and the Bible
Raz Kletter
Archaeology and Texts in the Persian Period: Focus on Sanballat
Jan Dušek
Apples and Oranges: Textual and Archaeological Evidence for Reconstructing the History of the Persian Period
Diana Edelman
Between Archaeology and Text: A Reevaluation of the Development Process of Jerusalem in the Persian Period
Oded Lipschits
Scribal Traditions in the Pentateuch and the History of the Early Second Temple Period
Sidnie White Crawford
How to Reach the Old Greek in 1 Samuel and What to Do with It
Anneli Aejmelaeus
What about Apocalypticism in the Book of Ben Sira?
Pancratius C. Beentjes
Conflicted Boundaries: Ben Sira, Sage and Seer
Benjamin G. Wright III
Enoch and Wisdom: Reflections on the Character of the Book of Parables
Michael A. Knibb
Anti-Treaty Theology of the Chronicler and His View of History
Tetsuo Yamaga
The Relationship of the Deuteronomistic History of Chronicles: Was the Chronicler a Deuteronomist?
Gary N. Knoppers
Deuteronomistic History and the Heritage of the Prophets
Rainer Albertz
The Deuteronomistic Image of History as Interpretive Device in the Second Temple Period: Towards a Long-term Interpretation of “Deuteronomism”
Konrad Schmid
Die sogenannte deuteronomistische Redaktion der Prophetenbücher
Uwe Becker
The Still Elusive Deuteronomists
Steven L. McKenzie
“Deutèronomiste” et “deutèronomisme”: Quelques remarques de méthode en lien avec le débat actuel
Christophe Nihan
“Overwriting and Overriding,” or: What Is Not Deuteronomistic
Cynthia Edenburg
Which Text Are We Using for Our Studies of Deuteronomistic Literature?
Kristin De Troyer
Toward a Genuine Dialogue between the Bible and Art
J. Cheryl Exum
The Many Uses of Intertextuality in Biblical Studies: Actual and Potential
David M. Carr
Mirrors, Drums, and Trees
Susan Ackerman


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