Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote
Nineteen colleagues, friends, and former students have joined to honour Bob Coote with this Festschrift. Their wide-ranging contributions cover many, but not all of the interests of his prodigious career.
Robert B. Coote is internationally renowned for work on the Bible and the ancient Near East that crosses the usual disciplinary boundaries. Whether re-examining arcane inscriptions, conventional views of the Pentateuch, Israel’s early history, the composition of a particular book of the Bible, or the making of the Bible in the broader sense, his question has been not whether some texts are tendentious and others not, but rather how each biblical composition or re-composition pushes back against its contexts. Coote’s skill in explicating the subtle interplay between contextual foil and literary structure and content has been a major characteristic of his work.
Nineteen colleagues, friends, and former students have joined to honour Bob Coote with this Festschrift. Their wide-ranging contributions cover many, but not all of the interests of his prodigious career —textual criticism (Emanuel Tov), literary studies in several guises (Barbara Green, Uriah Y. Kim, Annette Schellenberg, Chris Seeman), historiography (Norman K. Gottwald, Ernst Axel Knauf, Keith W. Whitelam), social institutions (John H. Elliott, Sarah Shectman), text and social context (Marvin L. Chaney, Eugene Eung-Chun Park, Herman C. Waetjen), cultural memory (Ronald Hendel), ethnic identity (Aaron J. Brody), relationship of oral and written ‘texts’ (Antoinette Clark Wire), iconography and text (Annette Weissenrieder), cuneiform and gender studies (Mary Frances Wogec), and hermeneutics (Chandler Stokes).
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Aaron J. Brody Judean Identity in an Era of Empire: Archaeological Approaches from Iron II Tell en-Nasbeh Marvin L. Chaney Producing Peasant Poverty: Debt Instruments in Amos 2.6-8, 13-16 John H. Elliott Social-Scientific Criticism of the Bible: Emergence, Features, and Contributions Norman K. Gottwald Can a “History of Ancient Israel” Be Written? Periodization, Interactive Power Networks, and Reading Israel’s History Teleologically Barbara Green, O.P. Pigeon-Holes, Pigeon-Choices, Pigeon-Handlers: Form, Rhetoric, and Genre in Biblical Studies Ronald Hendel The Exodus and the Poetics of Memory Uriah Y. Kim The Woman of 4Q184: She’s No Ordinary Woman Ernst Axel Knauf Can a “History of Palestine” Be Written? Eugene Eung-Chun Park Cynic Itinerant Philosophers and Galilean Wandering Missionaries in Matthew Annette Schellenberg Boundary Crossings in and through the Song of Songs: Observations on the Liminal Character and Function of the Song Chris Seeman Trading Places: Luke’s Big Omission and Acts 10 Sarah Shectman What Do We Know about Marriage in Ancient Israel? Chandler Stokes Read the Text Emanuel Tov Some Aspects of the Textual History of the Torah Herman C. Waetjen John the Baptist: An Anomalous Prophet at the Culmination of the Second Temple Annette Weissenrieder Images for Seeing—Images for Hearing? On the Limitation of Visual Art and Language as Ekphrasis in Revelation 17 Keith W. Whitelam Architectures of Enmity Antoinette Clark Wire Spoken Scripture in a Gospel Telling Mary Frances Wogec Divine Patrons of Birth in Ancient Mesopotamia: An Inquiry into Gender Roles in Ancient Mesopotamian Birth Rituals
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