I am glad to announce the recent publication of the following article and of a dozen of new reviews in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org)
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 17 (2010)
David P. Melvin, "Divine Mediation and the Rise of Civilization in Mesopotamian Literature and in Genesis 1–11"
An analysis of the portrayal of the origins of human civilization in Mesopotamian literature, in comparison with that of Genesis 1–11, reveals discontinuity with regard to the divine mediation of civilization. In Mesopotamian texts, civilization is of divine origin and is mediated to humans from the divine sphere, whereas in Genesis 1–11 civilization is of human origin and is associated with the downward spiral of humanity, resulting from the human acquisition of illicit divine “knowledge” in Genesis 3.
To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_145.pdf
Recently Published Reviews:
1. Achenbach, Reinhard and Martin Arneth (eds.), "Gerechtigkeit und Recht zu üben" (Gen. 18:19): Festschrift für Eckart Otto zum 65. Geburtstag (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für Altorientalische and Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, 13; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009). (Reviewed by Dale Patrick.)
2. Stuckenbruck, Loren T., 1 Enoch 91–108 (Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007). (Reviewed by Anke Dorman.)
To access JHS reviews directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/reviews_vol.html
We are preparing the xml, hypertext version of JHS vol. 9.
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Ehud Ben Zvi
History and Classics
University of Alberta
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Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4
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