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Constituting the Community

Studies on the Polity of Ancient Israel in Honor of S. Dean McBride, Jr.

Edited by John T. Strong, and Steven S. Tuell

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Constituting the Community

Studies on the Polity of Ancient Israel in Honor of S. Dean McBride, Jr.

Edited by John T. Strong, and Steven S. Tuell

This fresh collection of essays honors the life and work of Professor Dean McBride. Revolving around the theme of polity in ancient Israel, this festschrift addresses many aspects of ancient Israelite society, organization, and political affairs. The 15 contributors discuss themes such as “justice,” “self-definition,” “ethnicity,” “constitutionalism,” “reform,” and “community,” as understood over the course of time in the books of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings.

 

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This fresh collection of essays honors the life and work of Professor Dean McBride. Revolving around the theme of polity in ancient Israel, this festschrift addresses many aspects of ancient Israelite society, organization, and political affairs. The 15 contributors discuss themes such as “justice,” “self-definition,” “ethnicity,” “constitutionalism,” “reform,” and “community,” as understood over the course of time in the books of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings.

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction John T. Strong and Steven S. Tuell

Part I. Approaching Polity in Ancient Israel

Polity of the Covenant People: The Book of Deuteronomy S. Dean McBride Jr.

The Priestly Houses of Early Israel Frank Moore Cross

Justice: Perspectives from the Prophetic Tradition James L. Mays

Part 2. Polity in the Torah

Polities in Genesis 12-36 David L. Petersen

Israel as a Testimony to Yhwh’s Power: The Priest’s Definition of Israel John T. Strong

Deuteronomy, Ethnicity, and Reform: Reflections on the Social Setting of the Book of Deuteronomy Robert R. Wilson

Constitution or Instruction? The Purpose of Deuteronomy Patrick D. Miller

Part 3. Polity in the Nebi’im

Bearers of the Polity: Isaiah of Jerusalem’s View of the Eighth-Century Judean Society J. J. M. Roberts

Hosea and the Ambiguity of Kingship in Ancient Israel Peter Machinist

The Priesthood of the ‘Foreigner’: Evidence of Competing Polities in Ezekiel 44:1-14 and Isaiah 56:1-8 Steven S. Tuell

Covenant and Politics Paul D. Hanson

Part 4. Polity in the Ketubim

The Mortality of the King in Psalm 89 and Israel’s Postexilic Identity Jerome F. D. Creach

The Law and the Sages: A Reexamination of Torah in Proverbs William P. Brown

The Community of the Book of Proverbs Richard J. Clifford

Beyond the Blue Horizon: The Polity of Israel and the Nations Yet to Come W. Sibley Towner

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