A few interesting titles to choose from here (particularly Epp’s anthology of text-critical essays, although the steep price probably means that I’m going to be checking this one out of Alderman Library):
Because You Bear This Name argues that conceptual metaphor, grounded in embodied human experience, makes possible a shared moral discourse between the New Testament writers and readers today. The book has three foci: It explains why traditional understandings of metaphor are inadequate, introduces conceptual metaphor theory and methodology, and deploys those methods to analyze the cultural logic, moral content, and ethical implications of 1 Peter.
Paper $49.95 — ISBN 9781589833838 — 448 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
Hebrews: Contemporary Methods—New Insights
Gabriella Gelardini, editor
This volume contains a collection of fourteen essays applying the latest and neglected methods and offering new and innovative insight into the interpretation of the New Testament book Hebrews. Part 1 focuses on cultic language, concepts, and practice in Hebrews; part 2 on sociology, ethics, and rhetoric in Hebrews; and part 3 on textual-historical, comparative, and intertextual approaches to Hebrews. This volume will particularly appeal to students, teachers, and scholars interested in a variety of critical perspectives on Hebrews and on the New Testament’s third great theologian next to Paul and John. Moreover, the treatment of hermeneutical, cultic, sociological, and comparative matters in the context of biblical, Greco-Roman, and rabbinic literature will make this collection valuable to an even broader readership.
Paper $37.95 — ISBN 9781589833869 — 304 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
The Body Royal: The Social Poetics of Kingship in Ancient Israel
Mark W. Hamilton
The present volume seeks to identify the underlying code of meanings about the Israelite king operating in various ways in texts and other artifacts surviving from the culture. The focus is upon the (living) body of the king, its anatomical characteristics, its constitution through ritual, and the conventions concerning its proper self-display by the king. Combining linguistic and historical-critical analysis of biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts, this book argues that the royal psalms contain a set of officially sanctioned notions about the royal body and its use. Other texts, often from circles outside the royal court, significantly altered these notions. The king’s body was thus for ancient Israelites the locus of reflection on power, gender, religion, and even international relations.
Paper $37.95 — ISBN 9781589833821 — 340 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
This collection of frequently cited articles and chapters published from 1962 to 2004 provides perspective on the history and development of New Testament textual criticism, with descriptions and critique of the major text-critical theories and methods. Specific manuscripts and text-types such as the Codex Bezae and the D-text are discussed, as well as issues such as anti-Judaic tendencies, the ascension narratives, and the relationship of text and canon. Many of the essays from the last fifteen years emphasize the earliest period and papyrus manuscripts, particularly those found at Oxyrhynchus, and assess their socio-cultural and intellectual contexts, while articles from the last five years advocate or engage the more controversial aspects of current New Testament textual criticism, especially the issue of “original text.”
Paper $82.95 — ISBN 9781589833852 — 906 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
Salvation in the New Testament: Perspectives on Soteriology
Jan G. van der Watt, editor
Salvation deals with becoming part of the people of God. In Salvation in the New Testament special attention is given to the nature and power of the salvific language used in the New Testament to express the dynamics of salvation. Individual articles on the different books of the New Testament highlight the diverse perspectives offered in these documents. The emphasis especially falls on the different images and metaphors that were used to express the event and moment of salvation, rather than on the results (ethics or behavior) of salvation. An overview of the different perspectives on soteriology in the New Testament offers the opportunity to compare similarities and differences in concepts and expressions. It also illustrates the dynamic interaction between historical situations and salvific language and expression.
Paper $59.95 — ISBN 9781589833845 — 556 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel
Hindy Najman and Judith H. Newman, editors
The essays in this Festschrift honor James L. Kugel for his contribution to the field of biblical studies, in particular early biblical interpretation. The essays are organized in three roughly chronological categories. The first group treats some part of the Tanakh, ranging from the creation and Abraham stories of Genesis to the evolving conception of sacred writing in the prophetic literature. The second set of essays focuses chiefly on the literature of Second Temple Judaism, including Qumran and extrabiblical literature. The last group concerns the scriptural imagination at work in rabbinic literature, in Milton’s Paradise Lost, in the anti-Semitic work of Gerhard Kittel, up to the present in a treatment of Levinas and the Talmud.
Paper $65.95 — ISBN 9781589833876 — 624 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl
In this volume the presupposition is investigated whether women in a polytheistic society had a better position than women in a monotheistic society. To this end the social and religious position of women in Ugarit according to its literary texts is compared to that of women in Israel according to the Hebrew Bible, while the wider context of the ancient Near East is also taken into consideration. After an overview of feminist biblical exegesis, the book discusses the roles of women in the family and in society. It also provides an analysis of the roles of women as religious specialists and as worshippers. Finally, the data on the position of women in the literary texts is compared to that in non-literary texts.
Paper $79.95 – ISBN 9781589833883 – 792 pages — Hardback edition www.brill.nl