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'The Unconquered Land' and Other Old Testament Essays: Selected Studies by Rudolf Smend
Ball, Edward and Margaret Barker, editors
Kohl, Margaret, translator

Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013 pp. xviii + 277. $104.95

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Society for Old Testament Study Monographs


Description: This final book published in the Ashgate SOTS monograph series collects together for the first time in English translation a selection of important essays on central themes and texts in Old Testament criticism and exegesis by Rudolf Smend, one of the world's most eminent senior scholars in the field.

The essays focus on key topics such as Moses, covenant, history, Old Testament theology, the state, Elijah, Amos, and major movements in the history of the discipline over the past three centuries. All are marked by penetrating exegetical and critical insight as well as by an unrivalled knowledge of the history of Old Testament scholarship, and many of them have already made highly-respected and influential contributions. Their publication will serve to make the range and vitality of Smend's work more widely known to English-speaking readers.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by David J. Reimer
Published 5/26/2014
Citation: David J. Reimer, review of Edward Ball and Margaret Barker, eds., ĎThe Unconquered Landí and Other Old Testament Essays: Selected Studies by Rudolf Smend, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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