James Barr is a Professor of the Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University, and was formerly Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford. This is a collection of essays in honour of his seventieth birthday by twenty-four leading figures in biblical studies and theology in Britain, North America and Europe. Barr's own work covers an enormous range, from highly detailed linguistic and textual study of the biblical languages and ancient versions, to broad issues in the
interpretation of the Bible and its place in theology. The essays assembled here mirror the range of these interests, with essays on textual criticism, linguistics, biblical translation, theological themes in
the Bible, and the history of biblical scholarship. There is also an evaluation of Barr's work by the editors.Contributors: Samuel Balentine, John Barton, Bertil Albrektson, Emanuel Tov, Jeremy Hughes, Robert Hanhart, Edward Ullendorff, Ernest Nicholson, Douglas Knight, John Emerton, Lothar Perlitt, Joseph Blenkinsopp, P. D. Miller, James L. Mays, Walter Harrelson, Hans Barstad, Michael Fishbane, William Scott Green, Jane Barr, Brevard Childs, Rudolf
Smend, John McIntyre, Dietrich Ritschl, Maurice Wiles.
'considerable importance for scholars and interest for the general reader'
Kenneth B. Wilson, Methodist Recorder
'The group of internationally renowned scholars present studies which other scholars will discuss for many years to come.'
The Expository Times, Volume 106, Number 3, December 1994
`Will be of interest to all students of scripture. The reputations of the contributors guarantee the value of the collection. The articles are wide-ranging ... a great scholar receives here a fitting tribute from his peers.'
Religious Studies Review
`There is something here to reflect very many of Barr's own diverse interests ... A truly diverse collection ... and surely there will be much here to give pleasure to James Barr himself and enlightenment to other readers.'
Journal of Theological Studies
`In the tradition of such feasts, the menu is rich. Whether you are mostly interested in the text of the Hebrew Bible, or in the Hebrew language, or in the history of criticism, or in theology, there are dishes of nourishing learning for you.'
Reviews in Religion and Theology