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12823JHS - Two New Articles: Landy, T hree Sides of a Coin; Hutzli, Tr adition and Interpretation in Ge n 1:1–2:4a and New Reviews

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  • ehud
    Sep 3, 2010
      Dear all,

      I am glad to announce the recent publication of the following contributions in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

      (http://www.jhsonline.org) and of some new reviews.

      Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 11 (2010)

      Francis Landy, Three Sides of a Coin: In Conversation with Ben Zvi and Nogalski, Two Sides of a Coin


      This is a response to E. Ben Zvi and J. D. Nogalski, Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve/The Twelve Prophetic Books (Gorgias Press, 2009). Nogalski is a major proponent of the thesis that the Twelve Minor Prophets are a redactional unity, while Ben Zvi is its most forthright sceptic. After summarizing the views of both scholars, the author introduces some considerations from his perspective as a literary critic. In particular, he contends that: i) the question of literary unity is an extremely fraught one; ii)arguments for the unity of the Twelve tend to ignore contrast; and iii) the hypothesis that the Twelve were redacted as a book raises acutely not only the methodological difference between redaction-critical and reader-oriented approaches, but also the question of whether prophets were poets, characterized by literary daring. The article concludes with reflections on models of reading in antiquity, and the opposition between metanarratives and marginality.

      To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_139.pdf


      Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 12 (2010)

      Jürg Hutzli, Tradition and Interpretation in Gen 1:1–2:4a


      In the beginning of the 20th century several scholars (B. Stade, F. Schwally, J. Morgenstern) argued that Gen 1:1-2:4a consists of two different layers: one containing a “Tatbericht” (account of the divine act) and the other consisting of a “Wortbericht” (account of the creative divine word). This view became dominant in scholarship. However, the detailed study of O.H. Steck (1975) arguing for the literary unity of the story marked an important turning-point, the impact of which continues to be felt strongly today. This article critically examines the arguments of Steck, especially his interpretation of the “ ויהי כן -formula” ("and it was so"). This is followed by observations of important differences of specific motifs and particularities of language between the "divine-word"-statements and "divine-act"-statements. For example, in the "word-account" God collaborates with other entities such as the firmament, sea, earth, but the "act-account" attributes creative activity to God alone. The analysis leads to the conclusion that the "word-account" represents the older “skeleton” of Gen 1, while the "act-layer" consists of later additions that refine the earlier account with their own theological accents. Since the vocabulary and the theological view of the later "act-statements" can be associated with the priestly document (Pg), the early "divine word account" should be taken as another sign (in addition to, for instance, Gen 5)that P is based on – at least to some extent – identifiable sources.

      To access the article directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_140.pdf

      Recently Published Reviews:

      Bergmann, Claudia D., Childbirth as Metaphor for Crisis: Evidence from the Ancient Near East, the Hebrew Bible, and 1QH XI, 1-18 (BZAW, 382; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2008). (Reviewed by Beth Stovell).

      Boda, Mark and Michael Floyd, eds., Tradition in Transition: Haggai and Zechariah 1–8 in the Trajectory of Hebrew Theology (LHBOTS, 475; London: T & T Clark, 2008). (Reviewed by Jakob Wöhrle)

      Koch, Christoph, Vertrag, Treueid und Bund: Studien zur Rezeption des altorientalischen Vertragrechts im Deuteronomium und zur Ausbildung der Bundestheologie im Alten Testament (BZAW, 383; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2008). (Reviewed by William Morrow).

      Puech, Émile, Qumran Grotte 4 XXVII: Textes Araméens Deuxieme Partie (DJD, XXXVII; Oxford: Clarendon, 2009). (Reviewed by Daniel Machiela)

      To access JHS reviews directly please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/reviews_vol.html




      The printed version of volume 9 (2009) is being prepared by Gorgias Press.

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      The Logos version of volume 8 of the journal is being prepared.

      Ehud Ben Zvi
      History and Classics

      University of Alberta
      2-28 HM Tory Building
      Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

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