Constituting the Community: Studies on the Polity of Ancient Israel in Honor of S. Dean McBride, Jr

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This fresh collection of essays honors the life and work of Professor Dean McBride. Revolving around the theme of polity in ancient Israel, this festschrift addresses many aspects of ancient Israelite society, organization, and political affairs. The 15 contributors discuss themes such as "justice," "self-definition," "ethnicity," "constitutionalism," "reform," and "community," as understood over the course of time in the books of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings.

 

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The Book of Deuteronomy
17
The Priestly Houses of Early Israel
35
Perspectives from the Prophetic Tradition
57
Polities in Genesis 1236
75
The Priests Definition of Israel
89
Reflections on the Social Setting of the Book of Deuteronomy
107
Constitution or Instruction? The Purpose of Deuteronomy
125
Isaiah of Jerusalems View of the EighthCentury Judean Society
145
Evidence of Competing Polities in Ezekiel 44114 and Isaiah 5618
183
Covenant and Politics
205
The Mortality of the King in Psalm 89 and Israels Postexilic Identity
237
A Reexamination of Tôrâ in Proverbs
251
The Community of the Book of Proverbs
281
The Polity of Israel and the Nations Yet to Come
295
Indexes
313
Index of Scripture
318

Hosea and the Ambiguity of Kingship in Ancient Israel
153

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