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Jews, Christians, and the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures
Alice Ogden Bellis, Joel S. Kaminsky,
SymS 8
Publication Date
October 2000


This volume explores how Jewish and Christian religious commitments affect theological appraisals of the Hebrew Scriptures. Further, it documents how contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue influences modern critical reflection on the theology of the Hebrew Bible. Growing out of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures Section, this volume presents essays by leading Jewish and Christian scholars of the Hebrew Bible that capture central debates emerging from the changed landscape in which Jews and Christians now study the Bible in each other’s presence. In addition, they reflect the excitement generated by the greater clarity and new depths of meaning that Jews and Christians perceive in the biblical text when they work together in the task of interpretation. Thus Joseph’s words in Gen 43:3 become prophetic for a new situation: “You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.”



Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives

Section 1: Primary Propositions

1. Paradise Regained: Rabbinic Reflections on Israel at Sinai
—Joel S. Kaminsky

2. Writing on the Water: The Ineffable Name of God
—Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos

3. An Interpersonal Theology of the Hebrew Bible
—Murray H. Lichtenstein

4. Losing a Friend: The Loss of the Old Testament to the Church
—Ellen F. Davis

Section 2: Mostly Methods

1. Biblical Theology Appropriately Postmodern
—Walter Brueggemann

2. The Emergence of Jewish Biblical Theologies
—Tikva Frymer-Kensky

3. The Law and the Prophet
—S. David Sperling

4. A Christian Approach to the Theology of Hebrew Scriptures
—Rolf Rendtorff

Section 3: Engaging Evil

1. Reconceiving the Paradigms of Old Testament Theology in the Post-Shoah Period
—Marvin A. Sweeney

2. Christian Biblical Theology and the Struggle against Oppression
—Jorge Pixley

3. YHWH the Revolutionary: Reflections on the Rhetoric of Redistribution in the SocialContext of Dawning Monotheism
—Baruch Halpern

Part 2: Textual Perspectives

Section 1: The Exodus Story

1. Liberation Theology and the Exodus
—Jon D. Levenson

2. History and Particularity in Reading the Hebrew Bible: A Response to Jon D. Levenson
—Jorge V. Pixley

3. The Perils of Engaged Scholarship: A Rejoinder to Jorge Pixley
—Jon D. Levenson

4. The Exodus and Biblical Theology
—John J. Collins

5. The Exodus and Biblical Theology: A Rejoinder to John J. Collins
—Jon D. Levenson

Section 2: Pivotal Passages

1. Which Blessing Does Isaac Give Jacob?
—Terence E. Fretheim

2. Traditional Jewish Responses to the Question of Deceit in Genesis 27
—David Marcus

3. A Jewish-Feminist Reading of Exodus 1–2
—Esther Fuchs

4. Exodus 19 and Its Christian Appropriation
—Brooks Schramm

5. The Many Faces of God in Exodus 19
—Marc Zvi Brettler

6. Habakkuk 2:4b: Intertextuality and Hermeneutics
—Alice Ogden Bellis