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Criticism & Interpretation

  • Cognitive Science and the New Testamentby István Czachesz

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 94.99

    This work demonstrates the value of applying the insights of cognitive science to biblical studies, mirroring the so-called cognitive turn seen in disciplines such as linguistics, psychology, and philosophy as well as the more recent emergence of the cognitive science of religion. more...

  • The Bible for Unbelieversby Guus Kuijer; Laura Watkinson

    Seven Stories Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    One of Northern Europe's most popular writers, Guus Kuijer was fascinated with the Bible from an early age, but was never able to believe it, no matter how hard he tried. Now, in prose that is humorous and sometimes irreverent, Kuijer reinterprets the most popular book in the world, making it new again for the twenty-first century and for the first... more...

  • The Making of Jewish Universalismby Malka Simkovich

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 79.99

    Interest in Jewish universalism is on the rise, yet scholars lack a common definition of the concept. This book advocates for a common definition of universalism as it applies to an Early Jewish context and traces the origins of Jewish universalist thought from the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible through the period of the Second Temple.... more...

  • A Dual Receptionby Clayton Coombs

    Fortress Press 2016; US$ 77.99

    The ending of Mark?s Gospel is one of the great unsolved mysteries. Comments about the different attested endings date back to Eusebius in the fourth century. This volume argues that Eusebius? proposes a double solution to the problem that can be read as recognizing the authority of both the Longer and the Abrupt conclusions to Mark?s Gospel. more...

  • Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Actsby David K. Bryan; David W. Pao

    Fortress Press 2016; US$ 77.99

    Luke?s two-volume work contains the only narrative depictions of Jesus? ascent into heaven in the New Testament. The significance of the event at the end of the Gospel and the beginning of Acts have long been recognized. While select studies have focused on particular aspects of these accounts, however, the importance of the ascension to Luke-Acts... more...

  • Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judahby Ian D. Wilson

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 97.99

    Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah investigates kingship in Judean discourse, particularly in the early Second Temple era. In doing so, it contributes to our knowledge of literature and literary culture in ancient Judah and also makes a significant contribution to questions of history and historiographical method in biblical studies. more...

  • Are We Not Men?by Rhiannon Graybill

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 72.99

    Are We Not Men? offers an innovative approach to gender and embodiment in the Hebrew Bible. Graybill argues that the male body is a source of difficulty for the Hebrew prophets. This very instability of prophetic masculinity makes possible new understandings of biblical masculinity, as the prophetic body is revealed as a queer body. more...

  • David's Politicsby Paul R. Abramson

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 74.99

    David?s Politics evaluates what we can learn about politics by studying David's life as presented in the Books of Samuel and the first two chapters of 1 Kings. This book follows his life as a servant to King Saul, a rebel against Saul, and as king, and shows that he has considerable political skill in all three stages. more...

  • Exploring Old Testament Wisdomby David Firth

    SPCK 2016; US$ 25.99

    This volume surveys recent developments in the study of Old Testament wisdom; discusses issues that have arisen in Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes; examines the Song of Songs, Ruth and some Psalms as wisdom texts; and explores wisdom and biblical theology, the concept of retribution, and the issue of divine absence. more...

  • Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?by Michael R. Licona; Craig A. Evans

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 23.99

    Why are there differences in the stories of the Gospels? Licona turns to Greek classicist Plutarch for an answer, assessing differences that appeared when Plutarch told the same story more than once in his Lives . He suggests the differences in the Gospels often resulted from their authors employing the same compositional devices used by Plutarch. more...