Item description for Ancient Texts For The Study Of The Hebrew Bible: A Guide To The Background Literature by Kenton L. Sparks...
Overview The Hebrew Bible represents no mere collection of books but a stunning array of literary genres. To fully illuminate the history and culture of the Old Testament, it is necessary to compare these ancient writings to similar texts written concurrently by Israel's neighbors. Beginning with an overview of the important literary archives of the ancient Near East, Sparks provides exhaustive references to the ancient literary counterparts to the Hebrew Bible's major genres. Surveying the ancient writings found throughout Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Palestine, Sparks provides a brief summary of each text discussed, translating brief portions and linking them to literarily similar biblical passages. Exploring over 30 genres-wisdom, hymns, love poetry, rituals, prophecy, apocalyptic, novella, epic legend, myth, genealogy, history, law, treaty, epigraphic materials, and others-it offers an exemplary guide to the fertile literary environment from which the canonical writings sprung. Rich with bibliographic material, this invaluable catalog enables the reader to locate not only the published texts in their original ancient languages but to find suitable English translations and commentary bearing on these ancient texts. A number of helpful indexes round out this outstanding resource. Providing students with a thorough introduction to the literature of the ancient Near East-and time-pressed scholars with an admirably up-to-date research tool-it will become a syllabus standard for a myriad of courses.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.33" Weight: 1.99 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2005
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
ISBN 1565634071 ISBN13 9781565634077
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More About Kenton L. Sparks
Kenton L. Sparks (PhD, University of North Carolina) is professor of biblical studies and special assistant to the provost at Eastern University. He is author of several books, including Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible.
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Massive Bibliography and Introduction Apr 22, 2006
This work will guide you into the massive amount of ancient textual material that is relevant to understanding the ancient world of the Hebrew Bible and the resources that are available with respect to such literature. In addition to extensive bibliographic information regarding the resources available in multiple languages, Sparks provides relatively brief descriptions of various resources and categories of resources, which is very helpful as an introduction.
In addition to summarizing the ancient literature, he sometimes comments on the particular significance of such literature for the study of the Hebrew Bible (eg, love poetry). He seems to have a predisposition to conclude that the Hebrew Bible is specifically modeled on other similar literature, sometimes based simply upon such similarity (eg, king lists and geneologies) but the bottom line is that this is a valuable reference guide whether one agrees with Sparks' suggestions or not. In the preface, he says there will be a forthcoming companion volume in which he will focus on examining the Hebrew Bible in light of the literary context referenced in this book.