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JHS - New article: R. Gilmour, Suspense and Anticipation in 1 Samuel 9:1-14 and New Reviews

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  • Ehud Ben Zvi
    Dear all, I am glad to announce that the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org) has recently published the following: New Article: Journal of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2009
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      Dear all,

      I am glad to announce that the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org) has recently published the following:

      New Article:

      Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 9: Article 10 (2009)

      Rachelle Gilmour, Suspense and Anticipation in 1 Samuel 9:1-14


      1 Sam 9:1-10:16 has been the subject of intense literary critical interest as scholars have grappled with the sudden appearance of the prophet Samuel in a folk tale of Saul searching for his lost donkeys. Literary approaches to the text have proposed that Samuel's entry into the story is a literary device designed to surprise the reader. This paper demonstrates that Samuel's entrance into the narrative is not in isolation but is the culmination of suspense and anticipation built up throughout 1 Sam 9:1-14. This suspense is generated through a series of episodes which each consist of a pattern of anticipation, delay and resolution. The recognition of this structure of suspense allows for a reinterpretation of two anomalous verses within the narrative: the list of place names in 9:4 and the editorial insertion of 9:9.

      Those who wish to access this article directly may go to


      New Reviews:

      Dell, Katherine J. Opening the Old Testament (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008). Reviewed by Cristian Rata.

      Ellens, Deborah L., Women in the Sex Texts of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: A Comparative Conceptual Analysis (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 458; New York/London: T & T Clark, 2008). Reviewed by Ellen White.

      Falk, Daniel K., The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures among the Dead Sea Scrolls (Companion to the Qumran Scrolls, 8; Library of Second Temple Texts, 63; London/New York: T & T Clark, 2007). Reviewed by Eileen Schuller.

      Goldingay. John, Psalms. Vol. 2: Psalms 42-89 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2007). Reviewed by J. Clinton McCann, Jr.

      Kaminsky, Joel, Yet I loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007). Reviewed by Dale Patrick.

      Loader, William, Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in the Early Enoch Literature, the Aramaic Levi Document, and the Book of Jubilees (Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2007). Reviewed by David M. Miller.

      Schwartz, Daniel R., 2 Maccabees (Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature [CEJL] Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008). Reviewed by René Bloch.

      In addition, the review of Lichtenstein, Mosheh, Moses: Envoy of God, Envoy of His People. Leadership and Crisis for the Exodus to the Plains of Moab (Translated by Perry Zamak; Jersey City: KTAV Publishing House, 2008) by Garrett Galvin and published in JHS 8 (2008)is now available too.

      To access JHS reviews please go to


      Please share your comments about the new beta-hypertext version of all the articles and reviews published in the journal from volume 1 to volume 7 (2007) if you find mistakes please contact Karl Anvik at kanvik@... (with a cc to me).

      The printed publication of volume 8 (2008) is being prepared. Gorgias Press has already published volume 7 (2007). For more information on this volume please go to http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-56292-ben-zvi-ehud-perspectives-on-hebrew-scriptures-iv.aspx

      At that page you will find links to the printed versions of vols 1-6 of the Journal.

      For information about the Logos version of the Journal (vols. 1-7), please go to http://www.logos.com/products/details/4336



      Ehud Ben Zvi
      History and Classics
      University of Alberta
      2-28 HM Tory Building
      Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

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