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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel : Clarendon Paperbacks - Michael Fishbane

Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

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Published: 1st December 1988
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First published in hardback in August 1985, Professor Fishbane's book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of textual analysis in ancient Israel. It explores the rich tradition of exegesis prior to the development of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism and the earliest Christian communities, and examines four main categories of exegesis: scribal, legal, aggadic, and mantological. In studying this subject, it emerges that the Hebrew Bible is not only the foundation document for the exegetical culture of Judaism and Christianity, but an exegetical work in its own right. Professor Fishbane, who has added new material in appendices to this paperback edition, has been awarded three major prizes for this work: the National Jewish Book Award 1986, the Biblical Archaeological Society 1986 Publication Award, and the Kenneth B. Smilen Literary Award.

'a masterful and important study which illustrates in countless ways the nature of the on-going exegesis of biblical texts within the Bible itself' Roland E. Murphy, Interpretation 'an outstanding work of scholarship' James L. Kugel, Journal of Jewish Literary History 'a monumental study which places all students of the Hebrew Bible deeply in his debt. Its learning and scope are matched only by its enviable lucidity' E. W. Nicholson, Journal of Theological Studies 'a major scholarly achievement' R. E. Clements, Society for Old Testament Study 'a very substantial and important study of an area which has not previously been given so comprehensive a treatment' Peter R. Ackroyd, Theology 'one of the major works of biblical interpretation in the last decade' Patrick D. Miller, Theology Today 'a magisterial study of inner-biblical exegesis' Herbert Mark, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 'Michael Fishbane has written a great feast of a book, with detailed discussion of many passages based on very wide reading.' Methodist Church Overseas Division Annotated Booklist 1988 A review of the 1985 issue; 'It is a pleasure to review a book which reveals so clearly years of intense research and hard reflection. Prof. Fishbane's carefully structured book i s packed with such detailed exegesis and close argument that only the serious reader can begin to tap its richness; however, the rewards are great for anyone willing to expend the energy.' Journal of Biblical Literature

biblical Interpretation In Ancient Israelp. i
Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israelp. iii
Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Scribal Comments and Correctionsp. 21
Introduction. the Role of Scribes in the Transmission of Biblical Literaturep. 23
Lexical and Explicative Commentsp. 44
Pious Revisions and Theological Addendap. 66
Conclusionsp. 78
Legal Exegesisp. 89
Introduction. the Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesisp. 91
Legal Exegesis with Verbatim, Paraphrastic, or Pseudocitations in Historical Sourcesp. 107
Legal Exegesis with Covert Citations in Historical Sourcesp. 144
Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corporap. 163
Conclusionsp. 231
Aggadic Exegesisp. 279
Introduction. Preliminary Considerationsp. 281
Aggadic Exegesis of Legal Traditions in the Prophetic Literaturep. 292
Aggadic Transformations of Non-Legal Pentateuchal Traditionsp. 318
Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literaturep. 380
Conclusionsp. 408
Mantological Exegesisp. 441
Introduction. the Shape and Nature of Mantological Material as Factors for Exegesisp. 443
The Mantological Exegesis of Dreams, Visions, and Omensp. 447
The Mantological Exegesis of Oraclesp. 458
Generic Transformationsp. 500
Conclusionsp. 506
Epiloguep. 525
Addendap. 545
Select Bibliographyp. 549
Glossary of Biblical Exegetic Terms and Expressionsp. 563
Analytical Index of Contents and Authors*p. 565
Index of Scriptural and Other Sourcesp. 581
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ISBN: 9780198266990
ISBN-10: 0198266995
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 1st December 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.71