Discourse, Dialogue, and Debate in the Bible: Essays in Honour of Frank H. Polak
This volume is offered to Frank by friends and colleagues from Tel Aviv University, where he has taught for almost 40 years, and from other academic institutions, in honour of his illustrious career and on the occasion of his retirement from teaching.
Frank H. Polak’s contributions to Biblical Studies cover many fields, from Septuagint and Qumran studies to many other disciplines. His most important contributions in recent decades, however, have been to the narrative criticism and discourse analysis of the Bible, including their application to issues of date and authorship, which have been debated since ancient times.
Polak’s work is informed by many branches of general and Semitic linguistics, social anthropology and historiography, along with a broad, humanistic approach. In his work, he has attempted to balance literary, linguistic and historical criticism in order to achieve a synthesis of these separate but overlapping fields, all of them necessary for reading the Hebrew Bible in a responsible manner.
This volume is offered to Frank by friends and colleagues from Tel Aviv University, where he has taught for almost 40 years, and from other academic institutions, in honour of his illustrious career and on the occasion of his retirement from teaching. The contributors all debate questions of discourse, dialogue, language and history —questions that have been central to Frank’s researches over the years.
This is the seventh volume of the Amsterdam Studies in the Bible and Religion (ed. Athalya Brenner-Idan), a sub-series of the Bible in the Modern World and Hebrew Bible Monographs.
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INTRODUCTION Athalya Brenner-Idan HUMAN DIGNITY, A FIRM FOUNDATION IN THE HEBREW BIBLE – WHY? Yairah Amit IS EGYPT REALLY THE PROVENANCE OF JOSEPH’S DREAM NARRATIVES? Oren Biderman THE ISSUES OF THE COMPOSITION AND EDITING OF SCRIPTURES IN BYZANTINE JEWISH EXEGESIS FROM THE TENTH CENTURY AND LATER Gershon Brin TRACES OF VALENCE SHIFT IN CLASSICAL HEBREW Janet Dyk THE LITERARY STYLE AND LINGUISTIC STAGE OF RUTH AS COMPARED TO ESTHER Mats Eskhult DIRECT DISCOURSE AND PARALLELISM Edward L. Greenstein A TYPOLOGICAL, COMPLEX SYSTEMS APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF BIBLICAL HEBREW READ-ING Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé and Jacobus A. Naudé A MATTER OF CHOICE: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE CONTACT BETWEEN HEBREW AND ARAMAIC, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO JEREMIAH 10.1-16 Noam Mizrahi TWISTING PROVERBS: ORAL TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE AND WRITTEN CONTEXT Susan Niditch JOSEPH AND HIS DREAMSCAPES: FROM TRAUMA TO DISCOVERY Meira Polliack WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT OTHER NORTHWEST SEMITIC DIALECTS FROM READING THE BIBLE Gary A. Rendsburg AN OCTAVE ABOVE BIBLICAL STYLE: NOTES ON THE POETIC STYLE OF BIALIK’S SCROLL OF FIRE Tamar Sovran DOWN, UP, RIGHT, AND LEFT: DIRECTIONALITY AND SPACE IN JONAH Talia Sutskover SYSTEM AND DESIGN: READING, COMPUTING AND TRANSLATING BIBLICAL HEBREW INTO DUTCH Eep Talstra TEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TORAH Emanuel Tov VERBA MANENT: SIGNS, SOUNDS, AND LETTERS IN RABBINIC LITERATURE Mǎdǎlina Vârtejanu-Joubert DATING TORAH DOCUMENTS: FROM WELLHAUSEN TO POLAK Ziony Zevit
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