Archive for October, 2009


The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew

It’s coming soon, and it’s on sale at Dove:


Clines, David J A (ed)
Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew
(Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009)
500 Pages

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NYP Due: 11/10/2009
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This is an abridgment of the 8-volume Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (of which Volumes 7 and 8 will soon be published). Like it (and unlike all previous Hebrew dictionaries) all the literature of classical Hebrew is covered, including not only the Hebrew Bible but also the Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira and the ancient Hebrew inscriptions.

The CDCH thus contains not only the c. 8400 Hebrew words found in the standard dictionaries, but also a further 3340+ words (540 from the Dead Sea Scrolls, 680 from other ancient Hebrew literature, and 2120+ proposed words for the Hebrew Bible not previously recognized by dictionaries). All the words in the full Dictionary of Classical Hebrew are to be found in the CDCH.

The CDCH has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible. The Hebrew words are arranged strictly in alphabetical order, so it is not necessary to know the root of a word to look it up in the Dictionary. All the Hebrew words and phrases quoted are accompanied by an English translation. At the end of each entry on verbs is a list of the nouns derived from that verb; and at the end of each entry on nouns a reference to the verb from which it is derived (when known). For every word the numbers of its occurrences in the four main kinds of classical Hebrew (the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira, and the ancient inscriptions) are noted. All the proper names in classical Hebrew texts are included, with their correct spellings in English.

Previous dictionaries have generally been revisions and adaptations of earlier dictionaries; DCH and CDCH result from a completely fresh re-examination of the texts and an independent analysis of the meanings of Hebrew words. Rich in examples and citations, this edition will be of immense value to students at all levels, as well as to working scholars who will not always be in a position to refer to the complete DCH.


New from SBL: Hermeneutics, Protofeminism, and John

Three more new titles:

Method Matters: Essays on the Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David L. Petersen
Joel M. LeMon and Kent Harold Richards, editors

As the field of biblical studies expands to accommodate new modes of inquiry, scholars are increasingly aware of the need for methodological clarity. David L. Petersen’s teaching, research, and service to the guild are marked by a commitment to such clarity. Thus, in honor of Petersen’s work, a cohort of distinguished colleagues presents this volume as an authoritative and up-to-date handbook of methods in Hebrew Bible scholarship. Readers will find focused discussions of traditional and newly emerging methods, including historical criticism, ideological criticism, and literary criticism, as well as numerous case studies that indicate how these approaches work and what insights they yield. Additionally, several essays provide a broad overview of the field by reflecting on the larger intellectual currents that have generated and guided contemporary biblical scholarship. The contributors are Yairah Amit, Pablo R. Andiñach, Alan J. Avery-Peck, John Barton, Bruce C. Birch, Susan Brayford, William P. Brown, Walter Brueggemann, Mark K. George, William K. Gilders, John H. Hayes, Christopher B. Hays, Ralph W. Klein, Douglas A. Knight, Beatrice Lawrence, Joel M. LeMon, Christoph Levin, James Luther Mays, Dean McBride, Carol A. Newsom, Kirsten Nielsen, Martti Nissinen, Gail R. O’Day, Thomas Römer, C. L. Seow, Naomi Steinberg, Brent A. Strawn, Marvin A. Sweeney, Gene M. Tucker, and Robert R. Wilson.

Paper $49.95 • 644 pages • ISBN 9781589834446 • Resources for Biblical Study 56 • Hardback edition

Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts
Nancy Calvert-Koyzis and Heather E. Weir, editors

Until recently, the voices of women who interpreted the Bible prior to the feminism of the late twentieth century had been largely forgotten. However, the current recovery of these women’s interpretive works reveals writings that seem “strangely familiar” in their anticipation of later feminist approaches to the biblical text and their thematic interest in liberation. In this volume, the contributions of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century women—including Arcangela Tarabotti, Aemelia Lanyer, and Josephine Butler—are addressed in their historical and cultural contexts. Each of these recovered authors worked to liberate women from interpretations of the Bible that proved oppressive to them. Leading feminist biblical scholars assess the works of these forerunners, or protofeminists, in light of contemporary feminist approaches, and the collection as a whole illustrates the significance of these neglected works for reception history, biblical studies, and women’s studies. The contributors include Nancy Calvert-Koyzis and Heather E. Weir, Amanda W. Benckhuysen, Robert Knetsch, J. Cheryl Exum, Marion Ann Taylor, Joy A. Schroeder, Esther Fuchs, Christiana de Groot, Caroline Blyth, Philippa Carter, Beth Bidlack, Pamela J. Walker, Sandra Hack Polaski, J. Ramsey Michaels, Ben Witherington III, Hilary Elder, Agnes Choi, Barry Huff, and Pauline Nigh Hogan.

Paper $35.95 • 304 pages • ISBN 9781589834538 • Hardback edition

John, Jesus, and History, Volume 2: Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel
Paul N. Anderson, Felix Just, S.J., and Tom Tatcher

This groundbreaking volume draws together an international group of leading biblical scholars to consider one of the most controversial religious topics in the modern era: Is the Gospel of John—the most theological and distinctive among the four canonical Gospels—historical or not? If not, why does John alone among the Gospels claim eyewitness connections to Jesus? If so, why is so much of John’s material unique to John? Using various methodologies and addressing key historical issues in John, these essays advance the critical inquiry into Gospel historiography and John’s place within it, leading to an impressive consensus and convergences along the way. The contributors are Paul N. Anderson; Mark Appold; Richard Bauckham; Helen K. Bond; Richard A. Burridge; James H. Charlesworth; Jaime Clark-Soles; Mary Coloe; R. Alan Culpepper; Craig A. Evans; Sean Freyne; Jeffrey Paul Garcia; Brian D. Johnson; Peter J. Judge; Felix Just, S.J.; Craig S. Keener; Edward W. Klink III; Craig R. Koester; Michael Labahn; Mark A. Matson; James F. McGrath; Susan Miller; Gail R. O’Day; Bas van Os; Tom Thatcher; Derek M. H. Tovey; Urban C. von Wahlde; and Ben Witherington III.

Paper $49.95 • 468 pages • ISBN 9781589833920 • Early Christianity and Its Literature 2 • Hardback edition


Everyone Could Use Some Forgiveness…

… and you can pick it up this week in Cabell Hall:

David McNaughton lecture


If You’re Interested in the History and Development of the Bible…

… then you must visit a site that recently appeared on my radar: It includes downloadable digital editions of a number of valuable works, including:

  • The Complutensian Polyglot (1522; the first printed edition of the Greek New Testament [1514], although its publication was delayed for several years pending the completion of the entire Bible)
  1. Volume I: OT
  2. Volume II: NT
  • Hermann von Soden, Die Schriften des Neuen Testaments (1911-1913; the most important treatment of the Greek New Testament since those of Tischendorf, Tregelles, and Westcott and Hort)
  1. Volume I (1911; originally published in two volumes)
  2. Volume II (1913; originally published in two volumes)

And there’s more where those came from.  Have a look.


Another Uncial Codex Online

Several members of the Textual Criticism Group have noted that the Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht has published a complete set of images of Codex Boreelianus (text-critical symbol: F; Gregory-Aland number: 09), an Greek uncial codex of the gospels dating to the ninth century.  This manuscript should not be confused with Codex Augiensis, a Greek-Latin diglot containing the Pauline epistles (whose text-critical symbol is also F).

Visit Codex Boreelianus’ digital home here.



Archaic Mark: Have We Solved the Mystery at Last?

Thanks to Wieland Willker for calling everyone’s attention to an upcoming conference at which Joseph Barabe, Abigail Quandt, and Margaret Mitchell will announce the results of extensive studies of the Gospel of Mark:

Chicago’s Archaic Mark (ms 2427):
A Report on the Results of Chemical, Codicological and Textual Analysis

Presented by the Early Christian Studies Workshop and the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago

Joseph Barabe,
The McCrone Group, Westmont, IL
Abigail Quandt,
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Margaret M. Mitchell,
The University of Chicago Divinity School

Monday October 26 from 6-8 pm
Special Collections Research Center
Joseph Regenstein Library 1100 E. 57th Street

At this special session of the Workshop, jointly sponsored by the Library’s Special Collections Research Center, the final results of a multi-year commitment by the University to solve a decades-long enigma — is this miniature codex a genuine Byzantine manuscript preserving a very early text-type of the Gospel of Mark or a modern forgery? — will be announced. The manuscript itself will be available for viewing, and Barabe, Quandt and Mitchell will document their findings and their implications in advance of their forthcoming article in the journal Novum Testamentum. All interested parties are welcome to attend. A light reception will follow. (Please note special evening time.)


RBL Highlights: 10/22/09

Even more highlights from the Review of Biblical Literature!

Roland Boer
Last Stop before Antarctica: The Bible and Postcolonialism in Australia
Reviewed by F. Rachel Magdalene

T. E. Clontz and J. Clontz, eds.
The Comprehensive New Testament
Reviewed by Alastair Haines

Garan Eidevall
Prophecy and Propaganda: Images of Enemies in the Book of Isaiah
Reviewed by Maire Byrne

Joseph A. Fitzmyer
The One Who Is to Come
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton

Carol Hupping, ed.
The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide
Reviewed by Gilbert Lozano

Richard James Fischer
Historical Genesis: From Adam to Abraham
Reviewed by Paul L. Chen

Linda B. Hall
Mary, Mother and Warrior: The Virgin in Spain and the Americas
Reviewed by Violeta Rocha

Michael Kaler
Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and Its Context
Reviewed by Tobias Nicklas

Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Swapping Housewives: Rachel and Jacob and Leah
Reviewed by Randall L. McKinion

Uwe-Karsten Plisch
The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett

Hagith Sivan
Palestine in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Steven Fine

Guy G. Stroumsa
The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity
Reviewed by Joshua Schwartz

Tom Thatcher and Stephen D. Moore, eds.
Anatomies of Narrative Criticism: The Past, Present, and Futures of the Fourth Gospel as Literature
Reviewed by Craig Koester

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