New from SBL: Circumcision, etc.

Lots of interesting stuff:

Solomon’s Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs
Scott B. Noegel and Gary A. Rendsburg

This monograph includes four lengthy studies on the Song of Songs, which together identify the northern dialect of the poetry, focus on the literary devices of alliteration and variation, and propose that the composition is akin to medieval Arabic hija’ and tašbib (or invective) poetic genres, aimed at critiquing the king and his court. The authors conclude that the poem was written during the period of the two monarchies, probably circa 900 B.C.E., somewhere in northern Israel, with the goal of censuring King Solomon and his descendants on the throne in Jerusalem.

Paper $34.95 • 284 pages • ISBN 9781589834224 • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 1 • Hardback edition www.brill.nl

Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Tradition
David A. Bernat

Sign of the Covenant is the first and only full-length scholarly study of circumcision in the Hebrew Bible. Making use of a “close-reading” approach to ritually oriented texts, it offers new and important insights into the biblical idea of covenant and into core aspects of the Torah’s views on God, ritual, and Israelite destiny. Circumcision has been a key symbol for Jews throughout history, a practice debated among the first Christians, and a ritual found among peoples the world over. Sign of the Covenant will be a key reference work for anyone looking at circumcision in any culture, and particularly for students of the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity.

Paper $24.95 • 176 pages • ISBN 9781589834095 • Ancient Israel and Its Literature 3 • Hardback edition http://www.brill.nl

Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters
John M. Dillon and Wolfgang Polleichtner

“…philology that is exemplary in its thoroughness and precision.”—Wayne J. Hankey, Carnegie Professor and Chairman, Department of Classics with Religious Studies, Dalhousie University and Kings College

Iamblichus is the only Platonist philosopher whose philosophical letters have survived from the ancient world. These nineteen letters, which are translated into English here for the first time, address such topics as providence, fate, concord, marriage, bringing up children, ingratitude, music, and the cardinal virtues, with some letters addressed to students and others to prominent members of Syrian society and the imperial administration. The letters reflect the concerns of popular moral philosophy and illustrate the more public aspects of Iamblichus’s philosophy. This volume provides a useful complement to Iamblichus: On the Mysteries and Iamblichus: On the Pythagorean Way of Life, both published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and will be of interest to students of late antiquity, of Neoplatonic philosophy, and of early Christianity.

Paper $24.95 • 148 pages • ISBN 9781589831612 • Writings from the Greco-Roman World 19 • Hardback edition  www.brill.nl

Studia Philonica Annual XXI, 2009
David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, editors

The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to furthering the study of Hellenistic Judaism, and in particular the writings and thought of the Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 B.C.E. to circa 50 C.E.). Articles in this issue are David T. Runia, The Theme of Flight and Exile in the Allegorical Thought-World of Philo of Alexandria; Scott D. Mackie, Seeing God in Philo of Alexandria: The Logos, the Powers, or the Existent One?; Tzvi Novick, Perspective, Paideia, and Accommodation in Philo; Gregory E. Sterling, How Do You Introduce Philo of Alexandria? The Cambridge Companion to Philo.

Hardcover $27.95 • 172 pages • ISBN 9781589834439

1 Response to “New from SBL: Circumcision, etc.”

  1. August 5, 2011 at 1:37 am

    …….. There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity

    Circumcision: A Jewish Feminist Perspective by Miriam Pollack

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors

    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D. http://www.circumstitions.com/Jewish-shalom.html

    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D. http://www.jewishcircumcision.org

    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1
    http://intactnews.org/node/105/1311886372/jewish-voices-current-judaic-movement-end-circumcision-part-1 ……………..

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