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Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and Humans in Dialogue
Dell, Katharine, editor

New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. xv + 287. $150.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 528


Description: Discusses ethical behaviour in the OT and beyond through its characters, its varying portrayals of God and humanity in mutual dialogue and through its authors. This volume is interested in what the Old Testament and beyond ("Dead Sea Scrolls" and "Targum") has to say about ethical behaviour through its characters, through its varying portrayals of God and humanity in mutual dialogue and through its authors. It covers a wide range of genres of Old Testament material such as law, prophecy and wisdom. It takes key themes such as friendship and the holy war tradition and it considers key texts. It considers authorial intention in the portrayal of ethical stances. It also links up with wider ethical issues such as the environment and human engagement with the 'dark side' of God. It is a multi-authored volume, but the unifying theme was made clear at the start and contributors have worked to that remit. This has resulted in a wide-ranging and fascinating insight into a neglected area, but one that is starting to receive increased attention in the biblical area. Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivaled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
Published 10/7/2011
Citation: Walter C. Kaiser Jr., review of Katharine Dell, ed., Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and Humans in Dialogue, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Walter Brueggemann
Published 2/26/2012
Citation: Walter Brueggemann, review of Katharine Dell, ed., Ethical and Unethical in the Old Testament: God and Humans in Dialogue, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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