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Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients

Essays Offered to Honor Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday

Edited by Ronald L. Troxel, Kelvin G. Friebel, and Dennis R. Magary

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Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients

Essays Offered to Honor Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday

Edited by Ronald L. Troxel, Kelvin G. Friebel, and Dennis R. Magary

Michael V. Fox, long-time professor in the Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, is known both for his scholarship and his teaching. As the editors of this volume in his honor note, the care and sensitivity of his reading of the Hebrew text are well known, and he lavishes equal attention on his own writing, to the benefit of all who read his work, which now includes the first of two volumes in the Anchor Bible commentary on Proverbs (the next volume is in preparation), as well as monographs on wisdom literature in ancient Israel and elsewhere, and many articles. The rigor that he brought to his own work he also inflicted on his students, and they and a number of his colleagues honor him with their contributions to this volume.

 

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Michael V. Fox, long-time professor in the Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, is known both for his scholarship and his teaching. As the editors of this volume in his honor note, the care and sensitivity of his reading of the Hebrew text are well known, and he lavishes equal attention on his own writing, to the benefit of all who read his work, which now includes the first of two volumes in the Anchor Bible commentary on Proverbs (the next volume is in preparation), as well as monographs on wisdom literature in ancient Israel and elsewhere, and many articles. The rigor that he brought to his own work he also inflicted on his students, and they and a number of his colleagues honor him with their contributions to this volume.

Contributors include: Menahem Haran, Kelvin G. Friebel, Cynthia L. Miller, Theron Young, Adele Berlin, William P. Brown, James L. Crenshaw, John A. Cook, Robert D. Holmstedt, Shamir Yona, Christine Roy Yoder, Carol R. Fontaine, Nili Shupak, Victor Avigdor Horowitz, Tova Forti, Richard L. Schultz, J. Cheryl Exum, Dennis R. Magary, Theodore J. Lewis, Sidnie White Crawford, Ronald L. Troxel, Karl V. Kutz, Heidi M. Szpek, Claudia V. Camp, Johann Cook, Leonard Greenspoon, Stephen G. Burnett, Carol A. Newsom, Shemaryahu Talmon, and Frederick E. Greenspahn.

The book is organized around themes that reflect Prof. Fox’s interests and work: Part 1: “Seeking Out Wisdom and Concerned with Prophecies” (Sir 39:1): Studies in Biblical Texts”; Part 2: “Preserving the Sayings of the Famous” (Sir 39:2): Text, Versions, and Method.

Michael V. Fox: A Tribute

The Publications of Michael V. Fox: Overview and Bibliography—Lawrence J. Mykytiuk

Abbreviations

Part 1 “Seeking Out Wisdom and Concerned with Prophecies” (Sirach 39:1): Studies in Biblical Texts

Observations on Ezekiel as a Book Prophet—Menahem Haran

The Decrees of Yahweh That Are “Not Good”: Ezekiel 20:25–26—Kelvin G. Friebel

Ellipsis Involving Negation in Biblical Poetry—Cynthia L. Miller

Psalm 18 and 2 Samuel 22: Two Versions of the Same Song—Theron Young

The Wisdom of Creation in Psalm 104—Adele Berlin

“Come, O Children I Will Teach You the Fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:12): Comparing Psalms and Proverbs—William P. Brown

A Proverb in the Mouth of a Fool—James L. Crenshaw

Genericity, Tense, and Verbal Patterns in the Sentence Literature of Proverbs—John A. Cook

Word Order in the Book of Proverbs—Robert D. Holmstedt

Exegetical and Stylistic Analysis of a Number of Aphorisms in the Book of Proverbs: Mitigation of Monotony in Repetitions in Parallel Texts—Shamir Yona

Forming “Fearers of Yahweh”: Repetition and Contradiction as Pedagogy in Proverbs—Christine Roy Yoder

Visual Metaphors and Proverbs 5:15–20: Some Archaeological Reflections on Gendered Iconography—Carole R. Fontaine

The Instruction of Amenemope and Proverbs 22:17–24:22 from the Perspective of Contemporary Research—Nili Shupak

The Woman of Valor and A Woman Large of Head: Matchmaking in the Ancient Near East—Victor Avigdor Hurowitz

The Fly and the Dog: Observations on Ideational Polarity in the Book of Qoheleth—Tova Forti

A Sense of Timing: A Neglected Aspect of Qoheleth’s Wisdom—Richard L. Schultz

The Little Sister and Solomon’s Vineyard: Song of Songs 8:8–12 as a Lovers’ Dialogue—J. Cheryl Exum

Answering Questions, Questioning Answers: The Rhetoric of Interrogatives in the Speeches of Job and His Friends—Dennis R. Magary

Part 2 “Preserving the Sayings of the Famous” (Sirach 39:2): Text, Versions, and Method

The Mysterious Disappearance of Zerubbabel—Theodore J. Lewis

Textual Criticism of the Book of Deuteronomy and the Oxford Hebrew Bible Project—Sidnie White Crawford

What’s in a Name? Contemporization and Toponyms in LXX-Isaiah—Ronald L. Troxel

Characterization in the Old Greek of Job—Karl V. Kutz

On the Influence of Job on Jewish Hellenistic Literature—Heidi M. Szpek

Becoming Canon: Women, Texts, and Scribes in Proverbs and Sirach—Claudia V. Camp

Translating Biblical Words of Wisdom into the Modern World—Leonard Greenspoon

The Text-Critical Value of the Septuagint of Proverbs—Johann Cook

Christian Aramaism: The Birth and Growth of Aramaic Scholarship in the Sixteenth Century—Stephen G. Burnett

Spying out the Land: A Report from Genology—Carol A. Newsom

What’s in a Calendar? Calendar Conformity, Calendar Controversy, and Calendar Reform in Ancient and Medieval Judaism—Shemaryahu Talmon

Competing Commentaries—Frederick E. Greenspahn

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

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