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Marbeh Hokmah: Studies in the Bible and the Ancient Near East in Loving Memory of Victor Avigdor Hurowitz
Yona, Shamir, Edward Greenstein, Mayer Gruber, Peter Machinist and Shalom Paul, editors

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015 pp. li + 683 (English); viii + 302 (Hebrew). $119.50


Description: The title, Marbeh Hokmah, meaning "increases wisdom," reflects the fact that Victor Avigdor Hurowitz was a scholar who increased wisdom and who continues to increase the wisdom of scholars throughout the world even after his untimely death at the age of 64. The book was edited by five of Professor Hurowitz's colleagues: Profs. Shamir Yona and Mayer I. Gruber of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Edward L. Greenstein of Bar-Ilan University, Peter Machinist of Harvard University, and Shalom M. Paul of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The two-volume collection contains 49 groundbreaking essays written by 53 distinguished authors from various institutions of higher learning in Israel and around the world. The authors include Victor's teachers, colleagues, and students, and the essays deal with a great variety of subjects. The breadth of subject matter featured in Marbeh Hokmah is a most appropriate tribute to Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, whose published scholarship encompassed a wide variety of fields of interest pertaining to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East: Wisdom Literature, Psalmody, prophecy and prophets, the priesthood, eschatology, historiography, ancient inscriptions, medieval Hebrew biblical exegesis, religious rites, building and architecture, temples, the art of warfare, Semitic philology, Sumerian proverbs, epigraphy, rhetoric and stylistics, poetry, lamentations, the interconnections between Hebrew Scripture and the ancient Near East, the cultures of ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia, innerbiblical parallels, and many other subjects.

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

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Review by Yoram Cohen
Published 8/16/2018
Citation: Yoram Cohen, review of Shamir Yona, Edward Greenstein, Mayer Gruber, Peter Machinist, and Shalom Paul, eds., Marbeh Hokmah: Studies in the Bible and the Ancient Near East in Loving Memory of Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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