Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies

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Essays include: an exploration of the meaning of Matthew 2:15 and conclusions on how its author and community viewed Egypt; an examination of the language of cursing in the ancient Near East; a close reading of Jeremiah 46 and its use of historical information in aims that are theologically propagandistic; the place of Asipu and Asu in the spectrum of healing disciplines in ancient Mesopotamia; and an apologia and test application for a new model of biblical criticism that focuses attention on the use of cultural data as part of a text's literary artifice. These papers illustrate how heterogeneity in methodological approach, when combined with a broad interest in human culture and commitment to the synthesis of available data, can yield significant results for scholars of antiquity. They were presented at the inaugural Colloquium of the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern and Afroasiatic Cultural Research.


". . . includes a couple of brilliant studies. The results of this first colloquium reflect the energetic and scholarly leadership of the Institute and bode well for the work of the Institute in the future." - Dr. Frank Moore Cross

"The essays in this volume teach us how to ask new questions and thus possibly learn new lessons from the ancient Near East and the Bible. They represent pioneering efforts in a new direction." - Dr. Eugene C. Ulrich

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