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Discourse, Dialogue, and Debate in the Bible: Essays in Honour of Frank H. Polak
Brenner-Idan, Athalya, editor

Sheffield: Sheffield Pheonix, 2014 pp. ix + 306. $120.00

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Amsterdam Studies in the Bible and Religion, 63

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Description: 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 an 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), a sub-series of the Bible in the Modern World and Hebrew Bible Monographs.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Max Rogland
Published 8/18/2016
Citation: Max Rogland, review of Athalya Brenner-Idan, ed., Discourse, Dialogue, and Debate in the Bible: Essays in Honour of Frank H. Polak, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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