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Hidden riches : a sourcebook for the comparative study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East / Christopher B. Hays. [print]

By: Hays, Christopher B, 1973- [author]Material type: TextTextPublication details: Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [(c)2014. Edition: First editionDescription: xvi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780664237011; 0664237010Subject(s): Bible. Old Testament -- Comparative studies | Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | Bible. Old Testament -- Extra-canonical parallels | Middle Eastern literature -- Relation to the Old Testament | Bible. Old Testament - Comparative studies | Bible. Old Testament - Extra-canonical parallels | Middle Eastern literature - Relation to the Old Testament | Bible. Old Testament - Criticism, interpretation, etcLOC classification: BS1184.H533 2014BS1184.H425.H533 2014Online resources: Cover image COPYRIGHT NOT covered - Click this link to request copyright permission:
Contents:
I. Prolegomena : - 1. Introduction 2. History and Methods of Comparative Study II. Pentateuch : ; 3. Creation Accounts 4. Flood Stories 5. Court Stories 6. Birth Accounts 7. Law Collections 8. Ritual Texts 9. Treaty, Oath, and Covenant III. Former Prophets : ; 10. The Divine in History 11. Temple-Building Accounts 12. Annual Chronicles 13. Comparative Historiography IV. Latter Prophets : Introduction to Prophecy in the Ancient Near East : ; 14. Prophetic Symbolic Acts 15. Oracles of Well-Being 16. Oracles Against the Nations 17. Compilation of Prophetic Texts 18. Divine Abandonment 19. Praise and Polemics for Baal V. Writings : ; 20. Proverbs and Wisdom Instructions 21. Responses to Human Suffering 22. Prayers Regarding Wrongdoing 23. Hymns of Praise with Solar Imagery 24. Prayers of Lament 25. City Laments 26. Persian Edicts 27. Autobiographies.
Summary: "This study considers the historical, cultural, and literary significance of some of the most important Ancient Near East (ANE) texts that illuminate the Hebrew Bible. Christopher B. Hays provides primary texts from the Ancient Near East with a comparison to literature of the Hebrew Bible to demonstrate how Israel's Scriptures not only draw from these ancient contexts but also reshape them in a unique way. Hays offers a brief introduction to comparative studies, then lays out examples from various literary genres that shed light on particular biblical texts. Texts about ANE law collections, treaties, theological histories, prophecies, ritual texts, oracles, prayers, hymns, laments, edicts, and instructions are compared to corresponding literature in the Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings of the Hebrew Bible. The book includes summaries to help instructors and students identify key points for comparison. By considering the literary and historical context of other literature, students will come away with a better understanding of the historical, literary, and theological depth of the Hebrew Bible"--
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"This study considers the historical, cultural, and literary significance of some of the most important Ancient Near East (ANE) texts that illuminate the Hebrew Bible. Christopher B. Hays provides primary texts from the Ancient Near East with a comparison to literature of the Hebrew Bible to demonstrate how Israel's Scriptures not only draw from these ancient contexts but also reshape them in a unique way. Hays offers a brief introduction to comparative studies, then lays out examples from various literary genres that shed light on particular biblical texts. Texts about ANE law collections, treaties, theological histories, prophecies, ritual texts, oracles, prayers, hymns, laments, edicts, and instructions are compared to corresponding literature in the Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings of the Hebrew Bible. The book includes summaries to help instructors and students identify key points for comparison. By considering the literary and historical context of other literature, students will come away with a better understanding of the historical, literary, and theological depth of the Hebrew Bible"--

I. Prolegomena : - 1. Introduction 2. History and Methods of Comparative Study II. Pentateuch : ; 3. Creation Accounts 4. Flood Stories 5. Court Stories 6. Birth Accounts 7. Law Collections 8. Ritual Texts 9. Treaty, Oath, and Covenant III. Former Prophets : ; 10. The Divine in History 11. Temple-Building Accounts 12. Annual Chronicles 13. Comparative Historiography IV. Latter Prophets : Introduction to Prophecy in the Ancient Near East : ; 14. Prophetic Symbolic Acts 15. Oracles of Well-Being 16. Oracles Against the Nations 17. Compilation of Prophetic Texts 18. Divine Abandonment 19. Praise and Polemics for Baal V. Writings : ; 20. Proverbs and Wisdom Instructions 21. Responses to Human Suffering 22. Prayers Regarding Wrongdoing 23. Hymns of Praise with Solar Imagery 24. Prayers of Lament 25. City Laments 26. Persian Edicts 27. Autobiographies.

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