Author: Kathleen M.O’Connor
ISBN 978 0 8006 2040 0
Date: 2011 Price: £32.99 RRP
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This book by Professor O’Connor of Columbia Theological Seminary is not a commentary nor an historical-critical study but ‘an interpretation of aspects of Jeremiah using insights drawn from contemporary studies of trauma and disaster.’ Trauma is written all over the Book of Jeremiah; why, even the Deity is portrayed as traumatized!

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Author: Jacob Stromberg
ISBN 978 0 567 36330 5
Date: 2011
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Publisher: T & T Clark

This Introduction is intended in the first instance for ‘those towards the beginning of their studies in biblical literature’, but the author says that as well as making it accessible he has aimed to make it substantive, so that it might also profit more advanced students. Both, I think, will find it very helpful. Isaiah is a very complex book, and this study by a lecturer from the University of North Carolina is a very informative and well-informed guide to the present state of play in Isaiah studies.

Read more: An Introduction to the Study of Isaiah (Approaches to Biblical Studies)

May/Jun 2013

Editors: Nathan MacDonald; Mark W.Elliott; Grant Macaskill
ISBN 978 0 8028 6725 4
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Eerdmans

This impressive volume consists of twenty-one papers read at the third Scripture and Theology conference at the University of St Andrews, in 2009. After an Introduction by Mark Elliott, the papers are arranged into four sections. Rather than list all the titles and their authors, I propose to say a few words about one paper from each section.

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May/Jun 2013

Author: Peter Enns
ISBN 978 0 8028 6649 3
Date: 2011
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Publisher: Eerdmans

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Qohelet in Hebrew) is, by any reckoning, an intriguing book to find in the Bible. Many of the musings attributed to a sage called Qohelet (if that is a name rather than a title) that make up the bulk of the book are difficult to interpret, but there is no doubt that he is a thorough sceptic. He sees life ‘under the sun’ as a total hebel (vanity; absurdity, empty wind).

Read more: Ecclesiastes (The Two Horizons OT Commentary)

May/Jun 2013

Editors: Richard S. Briggs & Joel N.Lohr
ISBN 987 0 8010 3912 6
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Baker Academic

This is a worthy Festschrift to mark Walter Moberly’s 60th birthday. It has been put together by former students and colleagues of his at Durham University, where, through his writings and lectures, he has long championed the combination of robust critical analysis of the Pentateuch with theological engagement with it as Christian Scripture. Some of his books and articles on the subject are reviewed in the final chapter.

Read more: A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch. Interpreting the Torah as Christian Scripture

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