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A Discussion about the Unity of the Twelve

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A couple days ago I mentioned a book that I had just discovered entitled Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve / the Twelve Prophetic Books. Though I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on it yet, I have found some helpful reviews (The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and Review of Biblical Literature).

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Perspectives on the Formation of the Book of the Twelve

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Those familiar with the study of the Twelve have seen the central role of reconstructing the formation of the corpus in critical scholarship. The question of how these books came together has received a fair amount of attention in both monographs and scholarly journals, but further dialogue, of course, has always welcomed.

My attention was recently drawn to a forthcoming book entitled Perspectives on the Formation of the Book of the Twelve, eds. Rainer Albertz, James D. Nogalski, and Jakob Wöhrle. This book includes contributions from various scholars, utilizing various methodologies, to further explore the development of the Book of the Twelve in its final form. A good review of the book has written by Matthew V. Moss (read it here).

As Moss notes, the book assumes the reader’s familiarity with the current discussion of the formation of the Twelve. For those seeking an introduction to the subject, I recommend Reading and Hearing the Book of the Twelve, eds. James D. Nogalski and Marvin A. Sweeney. Though this work was published nearly thirteen years ago, much of the material discussed continues to serve as the foundation for the contemporary discussion.

(HT: Brian Renshaw)

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A Review of James Nogalski’s Commentary on the Book of the Twelve

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Beth Stovell of St. Thomas University has written a review of the first volume of James D. Nogalski’s recent commentary on the Book of the Twelve (Hosea-Jonah). While it is certainly not plausible to provide a full critique of such a massive work (488+ pages), Stovell makes some helpful introductory comments. You can read the review here.

At the last annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, I attended a panel discussion reviewing Nogalski’s commentary. While some of the panelists raised sound critiques regarding both content and methodology, others proved to be not so helpful. Indeed, one panelist spent the lion’s share of his review chanting for more Wellhausen and less application in Nogalski’s approach. Text-critical issues aside, such a response obviously misses the target audience of the publishers. And though I diverge from Nogalski on  many significant issues, his approach provides many rich insights, especially on the front of intertextual links between the books of the Twelve.

For those unfamiliar, Nogalski has set himself apart for his research on the Twelve. Although many, including myself, reject some of his conclusions, I cannot say that I have not benefited greatly from some of his insights. And though the question of the unity of the twelve is one of perpetual debate, Nogalski remains at the forefront of the conversation. Those interested in the Book of the Twelve will find this work provocative, for good or ill.

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Some Resources on the Book of the Twelve

Dr. Aaron Schart of the the University of Duisburg-Essen put together an electronic bibliography on resources related to the study of the Book of the Twelve. Though the site appears not to have been updated since 2008, the list remains a valuable resource. The bibliography contains both monographs and articles on the text of the Twelve, interpretation, issues, ect. I have linked to it here.

One recent publication that is particularly noteworthy is The Thematic Unity of the Book of the Twelve by Jason T. LeCureux, a revision of his doctoral dissertation done under Gordon McConville and Pekka Pitkänen at the University of Gloucestershire. I just received this monograph and will make some comments in upcoming posts. Though not a cheap book, it looks promising as a helpful addition to the discussion of the unity of the Twelve. You can get it here.

 

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