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  • Ben Zvi, Ehud
    I am glad to announce the recent publication of the following article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org) Journal of Hebrew
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      I am glad to announce the recent publication of the following article in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (http://www.jhsonline.org)



      Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 10: Article 2 (2009)



      Marian Broida, Closure in Samson



      Abstract:

      In recent decades several scholars have argued for the coherence of Judges 13-16 based on its multiple internal thematic and structural parallels. Yet previous generations of scholars considered Judges 13-16 to be a loose cycle of stories. Exploration of the narrative's closural mechanisms suggests two primary reasons that the episodes strike readers as disconnected: powerful closural devices at the ends of some individual units, particularly evident in 15:17-20, and a relative lack of cohesive ties between units, especially with regard to consistently-portrayed supporting characters and references to Samson's hair. Samson's redactors chose to build elaborate webs of thematic and structural connections rather than make a few simple changes that would enhance readers' perception of a continuous plot. One plausible reason is that the redactors prioritized structural unity-specifically, a large-scale if atypical ring composition-over a coherent plot, with verse 15:20 enhancing, not hindering, the reader's sense of coherence.

      Those who wish to access this article directly may go to

      http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/Articles/article_130.pdf



      Recently Published Reviews:

      Bons, Eberhard, ed., Der eine Gott und die fremden Kulte: Exklusive und inklusive Tendenzen in den biblischen Gottesvorstellungen (Biblisch-Theologische Studien, 102; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2009). (Reviewed by Nathan MacDonald)

      Steinberg, Julius, Die Ketuvim: ihr Aufbau und ihre Botschaft (BBB, 152; Hamburg: Philo, 2006). (Reviewed by Tim Stone)

      Bauks, Michaele and Christophe Nihan, Manuel d'exégèse de l'Ancien Testament (Le Monde de la Bible, 61; Geneva: Labor et Fides, 2008). (Reviewed by Matthieu Richelle)



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



      Regards,

      Ehud

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      The printed version of volume 8 (2008) has been released by Gorgias Press. For information please go to http://www.gorgiaspress.com/BOOKSHOP/pc-56678-10-ben-zvi-ehud-perspectives-on-hebrew-scriptures-v.aspx

      For information about the other volumes, please go to

      http://www.gorgiaspress.com/BOOKSHOP/pc-56678-10-ben-zvi-ehud-perspectives-on-hebrew-scriptures-v.aspx

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

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

      Regards,

      Ehud


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


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