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The City in the Hebrew Bible Critical, Literary and Exegetical Approaches

by James K (University of Cambridge, UK) Aitken

Part of the The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Series

The City in the Hebrew Bible Critical, Literary and Exegetical Approaches Synopsis

These essays explore the idea of the city in the Hebrew Bible by means of thematic and textual studies. The essays are united by their portrayal of how the city is envisaged in the Hebrew Bible and how the city shapes the writing of the literature considered. In its conceptual framework the volume draws upon a number of other disciplines, including literary studies, urban geography and psycho-linguistics, to present chapters that stimulate further discussion on the role of urbanism in the biblical text. The introduction examines how cities can be conceived and portrayed, before surveying recent studies on the city and the Hebrew Bible. Chapters then address such issues as the use of the Hebrew term for 'city', the rhythm of the city throughout the biblical text, as well as reflections on textual geography and the work of urban theorists in relation to the Song of Songs. Issues both ancient and modern, historical and literary, are addressed in this fascinating collection, which provides readers with a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary view of the city in the Hebrew Bible.

The City in the Hebrew Bible Critical, Literary and Exegetical Approaches Press Reviews

Overall, The City in the Hebrew Bible is a well-conceived, comprehensive treatment of an overlooked topic. Each of the authors invites us into their looking glass, granting us permission to view the city from new angles and perspectives, allowing us to see the biblical city under brighter lights. * Bulletin for Biblical Research *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567693501
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: James K (University of Cambridge, UK) Aitken
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 264 pages
Categories: Biblical studies & exegesis,

About James K (University of Cambridge, UK) Aitken

James K. Aitken is Lecturer in Hebrew, Old Testament and Second Temple Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. Hilary F. Marlow is Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge, UK.

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