This volume presents the main lectures of the 22nd Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in September 2016. Sixteen 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 and iconographic 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.
Louis C. Jonker, DTh (1993), is Professor of Old Testament at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has published extensively on Persian period biblical literature, the book of Chronicles in particular.
Gideon R. Kotzé, DTh (2011), Stellenbosch University, is lecturer in ancient languages and cultures at that university. He has published articles and a book on textual criticism and Lamentations, including
The Qumran Manuscripts of Lamentations: A Text-Critical Study (Brill, 2013).
Christl M. Maier, Dr. theol. (1994), is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Marburg, Germany, and editor-in-chief of
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum. She has published extensively on Wisdom Literature, Old Testament prophecy, and Feminist Hermeneutics.
PrefaceList of FiguresAbbreviationsList of Contributors 1
Interpreting the SeptuagintJohann Cook 2
Le pectoral d’Aaron et la figure du grand prêtre dans les traditions sacerdotales du PentateuqueChristophe Nihan 3
The Forest and the Trees: The Place of Pentateuchal Materials in Prophecy of the Late Seventh / Early Sixth Centuries bceDalit Rom-Shiloni 4
Ethics and Creational Dignity in the Old TestamentJacqueline E. Lapsley 5
Adjusting Social Memory in the Hebrew Bible: The TeraphimDiana Edelman 6
Die rapiʾūma/rephāʾîm als konstitutives Element der westsemitischen Königsideologie. Herkunft – Rezeptionsgeschichte – EndeHerbert Niehr 7
Caton-Thompson, Kenyon and Gardner: Where Near Eastern and Southern African Archaeology IntersectedWillem Boshoff 8
The Study of the Old Testament and the Material Imagery of the Ancient Near East, with a Focus on the Body Parts of the DeityIzak Cornelius 9
Sept défis posés à une théologie de la SeptanteHans Ausloos 10
Daniel 5 in Aramaic and Greek and the Textual History of Daniel 4–6Michael Segal 11
“Can the Cushite Change his Skin …?” (Jer 13:23): Beating the Drums of African Biblical HermeneuticsMadipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele) 12
“Love is Strong as Death” (Song 8:6): Reading the Old Testament in a Context of Gender ViolenceMercedes L. García Bachmann 13
Hiob als Jüdisches, Christliches und Paganes Werk. Überlegungen zur Hermeneutik Heiliger SchriftenMarkus Witte 14
Gott in anderem Licht: Das Gottesbild der apokalyptischen Literatur im 3. und 2. JahrhundertMartin Rösel 15
New Directions in the Computational Analysis of Biblical PoetryWido van Peursen 16
Changing Truths: אֱמֶת and קֹשֶט as Core Concepts in the Second Temple PeriodEibert Tigchelaar
All those interested in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the various trends of current biblical research and interpretation.