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Old Testament

JILL MIDDLEMAS The Divine Image

Prophetic Aniconic Rhetoric and Its Contribution to the Aniconism Debate

Jill Middlemas presents a comprehensive overview of the aniconic rhetorical strategies targeting idols and Yahweh images in the prophetic literature. Her volume includes new insights on how incomparability and metaphor support aniconic ideology with respect to the deity of ancient Israel and contributes thereby to the interpretation of the imago dei.   (learn more...)

New Testament

BRUCE T. CLARK Completing Christ's Afflictions

Christ, Paul, and the Reconciliation of All Things

What is the relationship between the preeminent, cosmos-reconciling 'Christ' of Col 1:15-20 and the imprisoned 'Paul' of 1:24-29? Bruce Clark argues that the descriptions of Christ and the Apostle Paul found in Colossians 1 combine to present the two as unique agents who together initiate the plan of ancient Israel's God to reconcile the cosmos.   (learn more..)


Old Testament

TAKAYOSHI OSHIMA Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers

Ludlul Bel Nemeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy

Takayoshi Oshima analyses two key Babylonian Wisdom texts: Ludlul Bel Nemeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy. He offers new critical text editions based on published and hitherto unpublished cuneiform manuscripts and also discusses the cultural and historical background of these poems.   (learn more...)

New Testament

JOHN GRANGER COOK Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World

"This is a major and substantial work that will be a valuable resource for many years to come. Cook […] provides a thorough and deeply documented study of the practice and meaning of crucifixion as a form of capital punishment in the ancient Mediterranean world."
Donald Senior in The Bible Today 2014, p. 375-376   (learn more...)