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Achaemenid Political History and Sources  

Amélie Kuhrt

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
This article provides an outline of the Achaemenid empire’s political history followed by an overview of the diverse sources for understanding some of its institutions. Despite inherent ... More

Ancient Versions and Textual Transmission of the Old Testament  

Gerard J. Norton

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
This article first gives a schematic outline of the history of the Hebrew text in four stages. It then presents the elements that readers will meet in modern editions of that text. These ... More

Assessing the Text‐Critical Theories of the Hebrew Bible after Qumran  

Ronald S. Hendel

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The biblical texts from Qumran are the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, dating from the mid-third century BCE through the first century CE. Prior to the discovery of the Qumran ... More

Assyrian and Babylonian Sources  

Martti Nissinen

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
This article introduces the Assyrian and Babylonian sources relevant to the Old Testament historical books. The corpus of Assyrian sources consists mainly of royal inscriptions between the ... More

Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls  

Timothy H. Lim

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The approach advocated in this article is the understanding of canon as authoritative literature that is binding for the Qumran community. The distinctive features of this approach are: ... More

The Classical Sources on the Essenes and the Scrolls Communities  

Joan E. Taylor

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The nature of groups named in classical sources as ‘Essenes’ was considered in scholarship of Second Temple Judaism long before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but discussion of the ... More

Constructing Ancient Judaism from the Scrolls  

Martin Goodman

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls can be classified as religious documents of one kind or another, and all the studies since 1947 that have been devoted to their significance can be ... More

The Continuity of Biblical Interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature  

Bilhah Nitzan

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Considering Qumranic hermeneutical systems with regard to form, this article distinguishes between ‘internal interpretation’ integrated within rewritten biblical books, such as the Temple ... More

The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy  

Daniel K. Falk

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet ... More

Critical Issues in the Investigation of the Scrolls and the New Testament  

Jörg Frey

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
From the very earliest period after the first discoveries, the Qumran scrolls have been of major interest to New Testament (NT) scholars, and, in retrospect, the impact of the scrolls has ... More

David in Reception History  

Dominik Markl

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
David is one of the most colorful figures of the Bible and of the entire literature that has come down to us from antiquity. David’s characterization as a sensitive musician, a violent ... More

Deborah in Reception History  

Joy A. Schroeder

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
Judges 4–5 features the protagonist Deborah, a prophet, judge, war leader, singer, and “mother in Israel” (Judg. 5:7.) Interpreters treated Deborah in literary, musical, and artistic works ... More

The Deuteronomistic History as Literature of Trauma  

David Janzen

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
The study of trauma in early twentieth-century psychoanalysis concluded that trauma survivors have been overwhelmed by traumatic events and so are unable to experience them and form ... More

The Distinctive Roles of the Prophets in the Deuteronomistic History and the Chronicler’s History  

Marvin A. Sweeney

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
This article examines the distinctive roles of the prophets in the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua; Judges; Samuel; Kings) and the Chronicler’s History (Chronicles). It posits that the ... More

Divine and Human Violence in the Historical Books  

Douglas S. Earl

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
It has become commonplace to characterize the historical books using the concept of violence and to regard this characterization as posing a problem demanding a solution, usually ... More

Early Israel’s Origins, Settlement, and Ethnogenesis  

Ann E. Killebrew

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
The search for biblical Israel in the textual and archaeological record has been a focus of scholarly research for over a century. Using as their starting point the books of Exodus, Joshua, ... More

1 Esdras: Structure, Composition, and Significance  

Kristin De Troyer

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
This article surveys the scholarship on the relation between the book of 1 Esdras and its canonical sister, Ezra-Nehemiah. The survey deals with questions about the origin and function of ... More

Exogamy and Divorce in Ezra and Nehemiah  

Herbert R. Marbury

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
This article focuses on the divorce rhetoric of Ezra-Nehemiah within the context of Persian imperial dominion. After outlining the scholarly history of inquiry into the divorces and ... More

Exploring the Mystical Background of the Dead Sea Scrolls  

James R. Davila

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
The Dead Sea Scrolls provide considerable evidence for a vibrant mystical tradition that involved not only theoretical musings about the heavenly realm based on scriptural exegesis, but ... More

Ezra and Nehemiah in Reception History  

Armin Siedlecki

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
Ezra and Nehemiah have typically commanded less attention in the history of interpretation than other heroes and heroines from the history of ancient Israel and Judah. Their place in the ... More

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