JESOT 5.2 Book Reviews


God, His Servant, and the Nations in Isaiah 42:1–9: Biblical Theological Relfections after Brevard S. Childs and Hans Hübner by Frederik Poulsen (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

Ruth: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Jeremy Schipper (Reviewed by C. Barnes)   

A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah by Andrew G. Shead (Reviewed by A. W. Dyck)

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant 8000–332 BCE by Margreet L. Steiner and Ann E. Killebrew (Reviewed by J. Moon)

“YHWH Fights for Them!” The Divine Warrior in the Exodus Narrative by Charlie Trimm (Reviewed by J. Riley)

Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Revival by Marvin R. Wilson (Reviewed by M. A. Hassler)

Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, vol. 1, A–Da edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson (Reviewed by A. M. King)

Eating in Isaiah: Approaching the Role of Food and Drink in Isaiah’s Structure and Message by Andrew T. Abernethy(Reviewed by P. J. Long)

Deuteronomy: One Nation Under God by George Athas (Reviewed by G. Goldsworthy)

“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?” Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives edited by James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard and Gary A. Rendsburg (Reviewed by J. Burnett)

Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematics, Objectives, Strategies edited by Francisco Lozada Jr. and Fernando F. Segovia (Reviewed by D. J. Fuller)

Joel by Christopher R. Seitz (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

Was There a Wisdom Tradition? New Prospects in Israelite Wisdom Studies edited by Mark R. Sneed (Reviewed by A. T. Kirk)

The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature by Mark A. Leuchter and David T. Lamb (Reviewed by D. B. Schreiner)

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus by L. Michael Morales (Reviewed by G. M. Waldon)

Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology by Eric D. Reymond (Reviewed by I. Young)

“King and Cultus: The Image of David in the Book of Kings” by GREG GOSWELL

“King and Cultus: The Image of David in the Book of Kings” by GREG GOSWELL

ABSTRACT: The image of David in the book of Kings is of a cultically-observant king, who does not commit the sin of idolatry, and, as a result, David becomes the model of proper royal behaviour for all kings that follow. In the theology of Kings there is an essential link between kingship and the temple cultus, and the kings who were like David reformed the cult and suppressed deviant cultic expression. The author of Kings measures and assesses the perfor-mance of every king by the rule of whether he supported the primacy of the YHWH and his temple in Jerusalem (of which piety David is the exemplar). It is argued that the image of David found in Kings is not without connection to the memory of David preserved in the preceding book of Samuel. In terms of the fate of the Davidic house in exile and beyond, various features in Kings suggest that the book is at best ambivalent as to the long term future of kingship as an Israelite institution.

KEYWORDS: David, king, image, cult

“On the Commonalities of Deuteronomy 13 with Ancient Near Eastern Treaties” by DREW S. HOLLAND

“On the Commonalities of Deuteronomy 13 with Ancient Near Eastern Treaties” by DREW S. HOLLAND

ABSTRACT: This article evaluates the numerous potential influences upon Deut 13 from ancient Near Eastern treaties. After assessing both the features Deut 13 shares with Hittite, Aramean, and neo-Assyrian treaties and the ways in which Deut 13 is distinct from them, it will become apparent that this biblical text shares some significant literary traits with these ANE treaties, but the degree to which it differs from them does not enable us to confirm literary dependence, a claim many scholars have asserted. Rather, Deut 13 expresses a uniquely Israelite treaty style within a general ancient Near Eastern treaty tradition.

KEYWORDS: Deuteronomy 13, ancient Near Eastern treaties, com-parative analysis, date of composition

“A Note on the Refrain in Genesis 1: Evening, Morning, and Day as Chronological Summary” by ANDREW E. STEINMANN

“A Note on the Refrain in Genesis 1: Evening, Morning, and Day as Chronological Summary” by ANDREW E. STEINMANN

ABSTRACT: The meaning of the refrain in Gen 1 “There was an evening and there was a morning, X day” (Gen 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31) has long been in dispute. This paper argues that the refrain is a chronological summary of the preceding text by demonstrating what the syntax and usage of such summaries are in the OT. The phrase then means “In summary there was an evening and then a morning, X day,” thereby encompassing an entire day beginning at sundown and ending at the next sundown. Moreover, the phrase “evening and morning” is further defined in the refrain as a single day. 

KEYWORDS: Chronological summary, refrain, sequential, non-sequential, Genesis

JESOT 5.1 Book Reviews


The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms edited by William P. Brown (Reviewed by J. E. Stewart)

Joshua 1–12 by Trent C. Butler (Reviewed by P. Long)

Joshua 13–24 by Trent C. Butler (Reviewed by P. Long)

The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship edited by Nancy deClaissé-Walford (Reviewed by I. J. Vaillancourt)

Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the Self in Job by Brian R. Doak (Reviewed by C. Sun)

The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation edited by Thomas B. Dozeman, Craig A. Evans, and Joel N. Lohr (Reviewed by A. W. Dyck)

Joshua 1–12: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Thomas B. Dozeman (Reviewed by C. Barnes)

Do We Need the New Testament? Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself by John Goldingay (Reviewed by J. Langford)

Abschied von der Priesterschrift?: Zum Stand der Pentateuchdebatte edited by Friedhelm Hartenstein and Konrad Schmid (Reviewed by P. Tucker)

Adam, Eve, and the Devil: A New Beginning [English] by Marjo C. A. Korpel and Johannes C. de Moor (Reviewed by J. Soden)

Genesis by Trempor Longman III (Reviewed by R. L. Meek)

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary by Trempor Longman III (Reviewed by J. Moody)

Cantos and Strophes in Biblical Hebrew Poetry III  Psalms 90–150 and Psalm 1 by Pieter van der Lugt (Reviewed by P. C. W. Ho)

Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves (Reviewed by M. Baker)

Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel by Safwat Marzouk (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

The Divine Image: Prophetic Aniconic Rhetoric and Its Contribution to the Aniconism Debate by Jill Middlemas (Reviewed by A. M. King)

Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel by Matthew Newkirk (Reviewed by R. Wadholm, Jr.)

John’s Use of Ezekiel: Understanding the Unique Perspective of the Fourth Gospel by Brian Neil Peterson (Reviewed by D. Grumbles)

Leviticus by Jay Sklar (Reviewed by K. Hayashi)

Accordance 11 (Reviewed by S. N. Callaham)

BibleWorks 10 (Reviewed by S. N. Callaham)

Return of the King: Messianic Expectation in Book V of the Psalter by Michael K. Snearly (Reviewed by L. Kennedy)

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi by Anthony R. Petterson (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block (Reviewed by W. R. Osborne)

Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block (Reviewed by W. R. Osborne)

“The Visual and Auditory Presentation of God on Mount Sinai” by SUNNY WANG

“The Visual and Auditory Presentation of God on Mount Sinai” by SUNNY WANG

ABSTRACT: In the OT there are two accounts of theophany recorded in Exod 19–20 and Deut 4–5Some scholars thus argue that Deut 4 is constructed in such a way as to show that hearing is superior to sight. This paper argues that the senses of sight and hearing are used together to attain knowledge of God and that this interrelation between seeing and hearing is intended. The account of theophany on Mount Sinai is used as an example to show that seeing and hearing are often mingled to complement each other. The presence of God is experienced through hearing the voice of God and seeing God speaking out of fire, cloud, and smoke on the mountain. There is no sign to prove that one sense is superior to the other in the account of theophany. They are both means by which to experience God.

KEYWORDS: senses, sight, hearing, theophany, knowledge of God, epistemology

“Power, Mercy, and Vengeance: The Thirteen Attributes in Nahum” by GREGORY COOK

“Power, Mercy, and Vengeance: The Thirteen Attributes in Nahum” by GREGORY COOK

ABSTRACT: Nahum scholars typically interpret the reference to YHWH’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy in Nah 1:3a as a re-reading meant to minimize YHWH’s mercy and emphasize his wrath. This article shows that the quote originates from Num 14:17–18 while maintaining an allusion to Exod 34:6–7. In this light, Nah 1:3a does not explain YHWH’s wrath against Assyria; rather, it explains how YHWH could pardon Judah’s apostasy and deliver his people .

KEYWORDS: Nahum, Exodus 34, Numbers 14, hesed, massa

“Must Biblical and Systematic Theology Remain Apart? Reflection on Paul van Imschoot” by SCOTT N. CALLAHAM

“Must Biblical and Systematic Theology Remain Apart? Reflection on Paul van Imschoot” by SCOTT N. CALLAHAM

Biblical and systematic theology stand in tension as fields of study that are constructively related in theory but strictly segregated in practice. In the first place, the nature of biblical theology seems to mandate that the concerns of systematic theology exert no conscious influence upon the work of biblical theologians. Furthermore, as a rule, biblical theologies—especially those firmly grounded in the OT— only tangentially influence the work of systematicians. Thus endures a stubborn, seemingly intractable impasse in academic theology. Those who nonetheless seek a voice for biblical theology in the broader world of Christian theological reflection have an unlikely ally in Paul van Imschoot, a nearly forgotten pre-Vatican II Catholic biblical theologian. Van Imschoot’s productive labors transgress received assumptions on the relationship between biblical and systematic theology and beckon present theologians to return to the grounding of Scripture for the formation of doctrine.

KEYWORDS: biblical theologysystematic theologyOT theologypneumatologyPaul van Imschoot

“Zerubbabel, Persia, and Inner-biblical Exegesis” by DAVID B. SCHREINER

“Zerubbabel, Persia, and Inner-biblical Exegesis” by DAVID B. SCHREINER

ABSTRACT: This essay discusses the socio-political expectations surrounding Zerubbabel as disclosed in Hag 2:20-23. Concurring with the consensus that Jer 22:24-30 is critical to understanding Hag 2;20-23, this essay engages the ideas of Wolter Rose and John Kessler, ultimately concluding that Hag 2:20-23 embodies a manto-typological exegesis of the Jeremianic tradition. Thus, Haggai is communicating to Zerubbabel that his role moving forward corresponds to his Davidic predecessors but is not tantamount to it. By implication, the prophet is proclaiming that the Davidic line will continue to play a role for the Second Temple community.

KEYWORDS: Zerubbabel, Persia, Haggai, Inner-biblical exegesis, Davidic Dynasty

“A Remnant Will Return: An Analysis of the Literary Function of the Remnant Motif in Isaiah” by ANDREW M. KING

“A Remnant Will Return: An Analysis of the Literary Function of the Remnant Motif in Isaiah” by ANDREW M. KING

ABSTRACT: The remnant motif has been rightly recognized as a significant feature in the Hebrew Bible. And yet, while various studies have helpfully catalogued its occurrences, far too little attention has been given to developing the motif as a complex literary device. This article assesses the nature of the remnant motif in the book of Isaiah. It is argued that the motif exhibits a two-fold function as both a threat of impending judgment as well as an indication of blessing. To accomplish this task, this article surveys the relevant passages under two primary categories: 1) the remnant motif in prophetic oracle and 2) the remnant motif in prophetic narrative. Within each of these sections, the motif is shown to have a positive or negative literary function. In prophetic oracles, the motif is used with both senses with respect to Judah yet only functions negatively when used

in relation to the nations. The motif is used in Isaiah’s prophetic narratives in order to further the negative and positive characterization of Ahaz and Hezekiah respectively. It is argued that a proper understanding of the dual nature of this motif benefits not only readers of the Hebrew Bible, but also aids proper interpretation of various New Testament passages

KEYWORDS: Remnant, Isaiah, Judgment, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Oracles aainst the Nations