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A Critical Engagement
Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of J. Cheryl Exum
Edited by David J.A. Clines, Ellen van Wolde

This volume honours the distinctive contribution to Hebrew Bible studies over four decades by Cheryl Exum, Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield. Her special interests have lain, first, in the modern literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible, where her key work was Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty. A second area has been feminist criticism of the Hebrew Bible; here her notable contributions were Fragmented Women: Feminist (Sub)versions of Biblical Narratives and Plotted, Shot, and Painted: Cultural Representations of Biblical Women. A more recent, and now almost favourite, theme is the Bible and cultural studies, especially the Bible and art. Key works here have been a series of edited volumes, such as Beyond the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the Arts, and The Bible in Film / The Bible and Film. Her fourth area of continuing interest has been the Song of Songs, with many articles culminating in her perceptive commentary in the Old Testament Library series.

In this rich volume, 25 of her friends and colleagues offer her papers on all these themes. Several are on or around the Song of Songs (Graeme Auld, Fiona Black, David Clines, Sara Japhet, Martti Nissinen, Yair Zakovitch), and topics of feminist interest (Yairah Amit, Athalya Brenner, Claudia Camp, Hugh Pyper, Jack Sasson). Cultural studies are represented by Alice Bach, Hans Barstad, Andrew Davies, David Gunn, Martin O’Kane, John Sawyer and Ellen van Wolde, and literary criticism by Michael Fox, Edwin Good, Norman Gottwald, Edward Greenstein, Francis Landy, Burke Long and Hugh Williamson.

David J.A. Clines is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield.
Ellen van Wolde is Professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 38
978-1-907534-33-1 hardback
Publication November 2011

Yairah Amit
Hidden Polemics in the Story of Judah and Tamar

A. Graeme Auld
Contexts for Tamar: Samuel and the Song of Songs

Alice Bach
‘If there are such things as miracles, Israel has to be one!’
Narratives from the Hollywood Vault

Hans M. Barstad
Maurice Halbwachs, Memory, and the Hebrew Bible

Fiona C. Black
The Shulammite’s Burning Bush:
Passion, Im/Possibility and the Existence of God in
Song 8.6 and Exodus 3

Athalya Brenner
Ruth: The Art of Memorizing Territory and Religion

Claudia V. Camp
Illustrations of the Sotah in Popular Printed Works
in the Seventeenth–Nineteenth Centuries

David J.A. Clines
Reading the Song of Songs as a Classic

Andrew Davies
Tears in Jerusalem: David’s Response to the Death of
Absalom in 2 Samuel and Tomkins’s ‘When David heard’

Michael V. Fox
Reading the Tale of Job

Edwin M. Good
The Comic Plots of the Bibles

Norman Gottwald
On the Alleged Wisdom of Kings:
An Application of Adorno’s Immanent Criticism to Qohelet

Edward L. Greenstein
‘Difficulty’ in the Poetry of Job

David M. Gunn
Samson Improved for Youth in an Age of Empire:
Mr Atherton, Gentleman and Genial Giant, in
G.A. Henty’s Maori and Settler (18 1), as a Case
of Biblical Reception

Sara Japhet
The ‘Description Poems’ in Ancient Jewish Sources
and in the Jewish Exegesis of the Song of Songs

Francis Landy
The Book That Cannot Be Read

Burke O. Long
Flesh of my Flesh

Martti Nissinen
Is God Mentioned in the Song of Songs?
Flame of Yahweh, Love, and Death in Song of Songs 8.6-7a

Martin O’Kane
The Bible in Orientalist Art

Hugh S. Pyper
Other Mothers:
Maternity and Masculinity in the Book of Ruth

Jack M. Sasson
‘A breeder or two for each leader’:
On Mothers in Judges 4 and 5

John F.A. Sawyer
Interpreting Hebrew Writing in Christian Art

H.G.M. Williamson
God and Cyrus in Isaiah 41.-2-3

Ellen van Wolde
The Bow in the Clouds in Genesis 9.12-17:
When Cognitive Linguistics Meets Visual Criticism

Yair Zakovitch
‘A Woman of valor, ’eshet hayil’ (Proverbs 31.10-31):
A Conservative Response to the Song of Songs