What Is This Babbler Trying to Say?

What Is This Babbler Trying to Say?

by Michael S. Moore


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This book is a collection of revised-and-updated essays about the Hebrew Bible written by a North American scholar over a period of several decades. Subdivided into three parts—Torah, Prophecy/Apocalyptic, and Wisdom—these seventeen essays attempt to model for younger scholars and students what the discipline of biblical interpretation can look like, attending carefully to literary, historical, canonical, and comparative intertextual methods of investigation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498208529
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael S. Moore (PhD, Drew University) teaches courses about the Hebrew Bible to students at Arizona State University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Arizona Research Center for the Ancient Near East (www.arcane-az.com), where he serves as Director. He is the author of The Balaam Traditions: Their Character and Development (Scholars Press, 1990) and WealthWatch: A Study of Socioeconomic Conflict in the Bible (Pickwick, 2011).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

Part 1 Torah

1 Another Look at Balaam 3

2 Balaam the "Prophet"? 20

3 Role Preemption in the Israelite Priesthood 25

Part 2 Prophecy and Apocalyptic

4 Yahweh's Day 45

5 Jeremiah's Progressive Paradox 58

6 Jeremiah's Identity Crisis 81

7 The Laments in Jeremiah and 1QH: Mapping the Metaphorical Trajectories 94

8 Jehu's Coronation and Purge of Israel 122

9 Big Dreams and Broken Promises: Solomon's Treaty with Hiram 140

10 Searching In Sheba: The Desire for "Biblical Literacy" 156

11 Resurrection and Immortality: Two Motifs Navigating Confluent Theological Streams in Daniel 12:1-4 166

Part 3 Wisdom and Other Writings

12 Ruth the Moabite and the Blessing of Foreigners 183

13 To 'King or Not To King: A Canonical-Historical Approach to Ruth 197

14 Job's Texts of Terror 212

15 Human Suffering in Lamentations 226

16 Bathsheba's Silence 245

17 Wise Women" or "Wisdom Woman?" A Biblical Study of Gender Roles 256

Bibliography 269

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From the Publisher

"For more than three decades, Michael Moore has shed light on the social worlds behind, and the imaginative worlds within and arising from, biblical texts. Moving from discrete exegetical problems to the life patterns of communities of faith, these essays model an approach to biblical scholarship that says to all, 'come and enjoy this for yourself.' We may all be grateful that Moore has invited us to share the fruits of his labors."

—Mark Hamilton, Onstead Professor of Biblical Studies, Graduate School of Theology,

Abilene Christian University

"Drawing upon the breadth and depth of his knowledge of ancient Near Eastern studies, modern biblical scholarship, and numerous methodologies, Moore traverses the range of genres within the Bible, yielding new understanding. The collection of essays exhibits uniformly philological, literary, and historical richness. Torrents of insights flow from these essays."

—Joel Gereboff, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University

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