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Hebrew Bible and Ancient Versions Selected Essays of Robert P. Gordon by Robert P. Gordon

Hebrew Bible and Ancient Versions Selected Essays of Robert P. Gordon


Hebrew Bible and Ancient Versions Selected Essays of Robert P. Gordon by Robert P. Gordon

Robert Gordon gathers together his most important essays on the Old Testament and on the ancient versions, adding an introduction which gives background comment and reflections on each essay. The Old Testament essays are divided into three groups: The Narrative Tradition', 'Prophecy from East to West', and 'Across, Behind and Beyond the Text'. The essays on the ancient versions are divided into two sections: 'The Text and the Versions' and 'The Targums, Chiefly to the Prophets'.


'Robert P. Gordon, renowned Cambridge Hebraist has, for many years, deepened our understanding of the Targums and other key versions of the Hebrew Bible. Lesser known, to some, have been his several fundamental contributions to prophetical and historical studies, as well as to the literary techniques of Hebrew prose composition. In his collection of carefully documented essays, Professor Gordon has generously made a selection of all of his shorter works available to us. This well-written and useful volume will be of interest not only to scholars, but also to a pre- and post doctoral audience'. Hans M. Barstad, University of Oslo 'The writings of Robert Gordon are wide ranging, engaging, and distinctively helpful. The same can be said of the effect that he has had on a steady stream of doctoral students, now scattered across the globe. All who know the man and his work will be delighted with this convenient collection of his shorter writings. As a writer, Gordon has the rare ability to combine specialist precision with elegant readability, and those yet to read his work are in for a feast that will both delight and fortify.'

.Philips Long, Regent College, Vancouver 'These contributions of Robert Gordon are marked by lucid and illuminating observations, opening up new territory and wide vistas, especially in the field of Targum studies'. Arie van der Kooij, Leiden University 'As an expert of ancient versions, Robert Gordon handles his sources in their original language with ease, relating them to questions modern readers have. His works on the extremely textually difficult Books of Samuel are among the finest examples of recent scholarly achievements, from which every Bible scholar should learn.
David T. Tsumura, Japan Bible Seminary

'... 28 informative and insightful essays that are well worth reprinting and rereading... The volume represents a brilliant sample of Gordon's scholarly contribution to the field of Old Testament study...'
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

'... an admirable volume that represents biblical scholarship at its best, bristling with insights on every page as well as being enjoyable to read. It will be of particular interest to scholars and postgraduate students working in Old Testament studies... it deserves to be in all serious Theological libraries.'
Theological Book Review

About the Author

Robert P. Gordon is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Publication date

9th August 2006


Robert P. Gordon

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Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


408 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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