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Sacred History, Sacred Literature

Essays on Ancient Israel, the Bible, and Religion in Honor of R. E. Friedman on His Sixtieth Birthday

Edited by Shawna Dolansky

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Sacred History, Sacred Literature

Essays on Ancient Israel, the Bible, and Religion in Honor of R. E. Friedman on His Sixtieth Birthday

Edited by Shawna Dolansky

Richard Friedman is well known in the field of biblical studies, not only because of his contributions to the study of the Hebrew Bible (which are many) but also because he has written cogently and clearly for a much wider audience, outside the academy, most notably in his Who Wrote the Bible? (1997). In addition, his influence has crossed the boundaries of a variety of disciplines such as source criticism, archaeology, the ancient Near East, as well as religious studies.

 

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Richard Friedman is well known in the field of biblical studies, not only because of his contributions to the study of the Hebrew Bible (which are many) but also because he has written cogently and clearly for a much wider audience, outside the academy, most notably in his Who Wrote the Bible? (1997). In addition, his influence has crossed the boundaries of a variety of disciplines such as source criticism, archaeology, the ancient Near East, as well as religious studies.

The essays in this volume reflect the breadth and depth of Richard Friedman’s life and work. Several contributors discuss topics related to the Hebrew Bible: for example, Jacob Milgrom examines the relationship between Ezekiel and the Levites and Carol Meyers discusses the Tabernacle texts in the context of Priestly influence on them; Ronald Hendel, Michael Homan, and Robert Wilson explore the history of source criticism, with detailed source-critical analysis of Genesis 1–11 and the book of Kings. Jeffrey Geoghegan discusses the origins of the Passover in one of several insightful essays under the topic “Israel and the Ancient Near East.” Among the contributions specific to archaeology, Baruch Halpern’s provides a provocative “Defense of Forgery.” Lastly, four contributors (e.g., Alan Cooper) discuss religion and religious studies, along with ramifications for contemporary application. A fine collection of contemporary topics discussed by leading scholars in the field.

Richard Elliott Friedman: An Appreciation William H. C. Propp

Introduction Shawna Dolansky

The Hebrew Bible

Ezekiel and the Levites Jacob Milgrom

Framing Aaron: Incense Altar and Lamp Oil In the Tabernacle Texts Carol Meyers

Necromancy and 1 Samuel 19:22 W. Randall Garr

A Tale of the Prophet and the Courtier: A Responsive Reading of the Nathan Texts Herbert Huffmon

A Forgotten Cultic Reform? 2 Kings 3:2b André Lemaire

Scribal Error and the Transmission of 2 Kings 18-20 and Isaiah 36-39 Bradley Root

Empirical Taxonomy and the Hebrew Bible A. Dean Forbes

Place Names as Superlatives in Classical Hebrew H. G. M. Williamson

Source Criticism

Leitwort Style and Literary Structure in the J Primeval Narrative Ronald Hendel

How Moses Gained and Lost the Reputation of Being the Torah’s Author: Higher Criticism Prior to Julius Wellhausen Michael M. Homan

How Was the Bible Written? Reflections on Sources and Authors in the Book of Kings Robert Wilson

Israel and the Ancient Near East

The “Biblical” Origins of Passover Jeffrey C. Geoghegan

“Plowing With a Heifer” – Tracing a Sexual Euphemism Shalom M. Paul

Aramean Skin Care: A New Perspective on Naaman’s Leprosy Laura Zucconi

Abraham and Damascus in Some Greek and Latin Texts of the Hellenistic Period John A. Emerton

Rethinking Sectarian Judaism: The Centrality of the Priesthood in the Second Temple Period Risa Levitt Kohn and Rebecca Moore

The Bible and Archaeology

In Defense of Forgery Baruch Halpern

Can Archaeology Serve as a Tool in Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible? William G. Dever

“You Shall Make for Yourself No Molten Gods”: Some Thoughts on Archaeology and Edomite Ethnic Identity Thomas E. Levy

Female Infanticide in Iron II Israel and Judah Beth Alpert Nakhai

Religion and Religious Studies

Elements of Popular Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Psalms Commentary Alan Cooper

The Biblical Icon Stephen D. Cox

Walter Rauschenbusch, the Social Gospel Movement And How Julius Wellhausen Unwittingly Helped Create American Progressivism in the Twentieth Century Steven Cassedy

Starving the Patient: A Jewish Perspective on Terry Schiavo and the Feeding Tube Controversy Randy Sturman

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