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Open-Mindedness in the Bible and Beyond: A Volume of Studies in Honour of Bob Becking
Korpel, Marjo C. A. and Lester L. Grabbe, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. xl + 383. $138.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 616


Description: The contributions to this volume reflect upon changing paradigms within biblical scholarship, and in how biblical scholarship is taught. Taken together, they offer a multifaceted and informative indication of how open-mindedness in one's approach can yield fascinating results across the study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The range in topic of the contributions is exemplified in the difference between the first chapter, which works from the personal anecdote of the changing opinion of its author to make a wider point about models for Pentateuchal formation, and the third chapter, which comments on the current state of the study of ancient Israel in universities today. Other contributions include; an essay on the subject of space as a social construct in Isaiah 24-27; civil courage and whether the Bible allows room for protest; the question of monotheism in Persian Judah; the historical Ezra, and the telling of the story of Joseph (Genesis 50: 15-21) in children's Bibles in the Netherlands. The contributors include Hugh Williamson, Ehud Ben Zvi, Rainer Albertz, Karel von der Toorn, and Christoph Uehlinger.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Soo J. Kim
Published 12/20/2018
Citation: Soo J. Kim, review of Marjo C. A. Korpel and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Open-Mindedness in the Bible and Beyond: A Volume of Studies in Honour of Bob Becking, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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