Posts on Hebrew Bible Comp Readings

I want to consolidate my blogs about my comps reading, and I’ll be starting that process today.  Here, I’ll post links to the posts I’ve written about my readings for my Hebrew Bible comp (though I also include one link from John Loftus, since he summarizes a book by Mark Smith rather well).

Biblical Religion, Literature, and the Ancient Near Eastern Context

Phyllis Bird, “The Place of Women in the Israelite Cultus.”  Here.

William Hallo, “The Origins of the Sacrificial Cult: New Evidence from Mesopotamia and Israel.”  Here.

P. Kyle McCarter, “Aspects of the Religion of the Israelite Monarchy: Biblical and Epigraphic Data.”  Here.

Theodore Mullen, The Assembly of the Gods: The Divine Council in Canaanite and Early Hebrew LiteraturePart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8.

Mark Smith, The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel’s Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic TextsPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.  John Loftus’ post: The JEPD Theory In A Nutshell.

Jeffrey Tigay, “Israelite Religion: The Onomastic and Epigraphic Evidence.”  Here.

Moshe Weinfeld, Social Justice in Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near EastPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Sociological and Anthropological Approaches

Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, The Savage in Judaism: Anthropology of Israelite Religion and Ancient JudaismPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Theodore Mullen, Narrative History and Ethnic BoundariesPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13.

Theodore Mullen, Ethnic Myths and Pentateuchal Foundations: A New Approach to the Formation of the PentateuchPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14.

Theories of Composition and Literary Studies

David M. Carr, “Controversy and Convergence in Recent Studies of the Formation of the Pentateuch.”  Here.

D.N. Fewell, ed. Reading Between Texts: Intertextuality and the Hebrew BiblePart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14.

Michael Fishbane, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient IsraelFishbane Paper: Post-Exilic Controversy, Fishbane Paper: A New Traditum, Killing Two Birds With One Stone, Fishbane Paper: Not Always a Citation, Apologetics, Shamar, Fishbane Paper: Authoritative Law Code?, Fishbane on Mesopotamian Legal Exegesis, Fishbane’s Chronology of Sources, Fishbane’s Chronology of Sources 2, Fishbane on Nehemiah 8, Psalm 78 and Manna, An Addition in Exodus 22:25-27: Part 1, Unclean Exile, An Addition in Exodus 22:25-27: Part 2, Harmonizing on Sanctuary, Work Means Work!, Kidnapping Law, Part 1, Kidnapping Law, Part 2, Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 1, Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 2, Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 3, Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 4, Child Sacrifice, Part 1, Child Sacrifice, Part 2, Child Sacrifice, Part 3, Fishbane and the Abortion Passage, Fishbane on the Temple Scroll.

Richard Elliot Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible?  Here, here, here.

Richard Elliot Friedman, “Some Recent Non-Arguments Concerning the Documentary Hypothesis.”  Here.

Sid Leiman, The Canonization of Hebrew Scripture: The Talmudic and Midrashic EvidenceSecond Degree Impure Food, Uninspired Canonical Books?.

S.L. McKenzie and M.P. Grahm, ed., The Hebrew Bible Today: An Introduction to Critical IssuesPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Rolf Rendtorff, The Old Testament: An IntroductionPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11.

Biblical Historiography and Pentateuchal Studies

Philip Davies, Scribes and Schools: The Canonization of the Hebrew Scriptures.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Stephen Kaufman, “The Temple Scroll and Higher Criticism.”  Here.

Israel Knohl, The Sanctuary of Silence: The Priestly Torah and the Holiness SchoolPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

Gary Knoppers and Gordon McConville, ed., Reconsidering Israel and Judah: Recent Studies on the Deuteronomic HistoryPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

Jon Levenson, “The Sources of Torah: Psalm 119 and the Modes of Revelation in Second Temple Judaism.”  Here.

Patrick Miller, Paul Hanson, ed., Ancient Israelite ReligionPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30, Part 31, Part 32, Part 33.

Rolf Rendtorff, The Covenant Formula: An Exegetical and Theological InvestigationPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

John Van Seters, Abraham in History and TraditionPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

John Van Seters, In Search of HistoryHere (meager).

John Van Seters, “Joshua 24 and the Problem of Tradition.”  Here.

Werner Weinberg, “The Qamatz Qatan Structures.”  Here.

Moshe Weinfeld, Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic SchoolHere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

Commentary Introductions

William H. Propp, The Anchor Bible Commentary: Exodus 1-18Here.

Jacob Milgrom, The Anchor Bible Commentary: LeviticusPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8.

Baruch Levine, The Anchor Bible Commentary: NumbersPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9.

Biblical Law in Context

Joseph Fleishman, “Legal Innovation in Deuteronomy.”  Here.

T. Frymer-Kensky, “Patriarchal Family Relationships and Near Eastern Law.”  Here.

Samuel Greengus, “A Textbook Case of Adultery in Ancient Mesopotamia”; “Sisterhood Adoption at Nuzi and the ‘Wife-Sister’ in Genesis”.  Here.

V.H. Mathews, Bernard Levinson, and Tikva Frymer-Kensky, ed., Gender and Law in the Hebrew Bible and ANE.   Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

John Van Seters, A Law Book for the Diaspora: Revision in the Study of the Covenant CodePart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15.

Prophetic Literature: General Studies

Joseph Blenkisopp, A History of Prophecy in IsraelPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Terence Collins, The Mantel of Elijah: The Redaction Criticism of the Prophetic BooksPart 1, Part 2, Part 3.

David Petersen, “Rethinking the Nature of Prophetic Literature.”  Here.

Moshe Weinfeld, “Ancient Near Eastern Patterns in Prophetic Literature.”  Here.

R.R. Wilson, “Interpreting Israel’s Religion: An Anthropological Prospective on the Problem of False Prophecy.”  Here.

Ehud ben Zvi, ed., Writings and Speech in Israelite and ANE ProphecyPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15.

Historiographic Books

Robert Boling, “Joshua, Book of;” “Judges, Book of.”  Part 1, Part 2.

M. Cogan, The Anchor Bible Commentary: I Kings; II Kings.  Here, here.

Sara Japhet, The Ideology of the Book of Chronicles and Its Place in Biblical ThoughtPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19.

Literary Prophecy

J. Blenkinsopp, The Anchor Bible Commentary: Isaiah 40-55Here.

Moshe Greenberg, The Anchor Bible Commentary: EzekielHere.

C.L. Seow, “Hosea, Book of.”  Here.

Theogore Hiebert, “Joel, Book of.”  Here.

Peter Ackroyd, “Obadiah, Book of.”  Here.

Jonathan Magonet, “Jonah, Book of.”  Here.

Kevin Cathart, “Nahum, Book of.”  Here.

Marvin Sweeney, “Habakkuk, Book of.”  Here.

Carol and Eric Meyers, The Anchor Bible Commentary: HaggaiHere.

David Petersen, “Zechariah, Book of.”  Here.

Andrew Hill, “Malachi, Book of.”  Here.

Writings and Scrolls

M. Dahood, The Anchor Bible Commentary: Psalms I-III.   Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20.

Erhard Gerstenberger, Psalms, Part I: With an Introduction to Cultic PoetryPart 1, Part 2 , Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21.

William Holladay, “Hebrew Verse Structure Revisited (I-II).”  Here, here.

Othmar Keel, The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of PsalmsPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

Steven Weitzman, Song and Story in Biblical Narrative: The History of a Literary Convention in Ancient IsraelPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Michael Fox, The Anchor Bible Commentary: Proverbs 1-9Here.

Mattitahu Tsevat, The Meaning of the Book of Job and Other Biblical StudiesPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

Marvin Pope, The Anchor Bible Dictionary: Song of SongsPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13.

Phyllis Trible, “Ruth, Book of.”  Here.

Delbert Hillers, “Lamentations, Book of.”  Here.

James Crenshaw, “Ecclesiastes, Book of.”  Here.

Carey Moore, “Esther, Book of.”  Here.

General Studies/Anthologies for Consideration

Emanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew BiblePart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Posts on Hebrew Bible Comp Readings

  1. That’s a lot of reading 🙂

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    And that was just half of it, Laurie! 😀

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