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Discourse, Dialogue, and Debate in the Bible
Essays in Honour of Frank H. Polak
Edited by Athalya Brenner-Idan

Frank H. Polak's contributions to Biblical Studies cover many fields, from Septuagint and Qumran studies to many other disciplines. His most important contributions in recent decades, however, have been to the narrative criticism and discourse analysis of the Bible, including their application to issues of date and authorship, which have been debated since ancient times.

Polak’s work is informed by many branches of general and Semitic linguistics, social anthropology and historiography, along with a broad, humanistic approach. In his work, he has attempted to balance literary, linguistic and historical criticism in order to achieve a synthesis of these separate but overlapping fields, all of them necessary for reading the Hebrew Bible in a responsible manner.

This volume is offered to Frank by friends and colleagues from Tel Aviv University, where he has taught for almost 40 years, and from other academic institutions, in honour of his illustrious career and on the occasion of his retirement from teaching. The contributors all debate questions of discourse, dialogue, language and history—questions that have been central to Frank’s researches over the years.

This is the seventh volume of the Amsterdam Studies in the Bible and Religion (ed. Athalya Brenner-Idan), a sub-series of the Bible in the Modern World and Hebrew Bible Monographs.


Athalya Brenner-Idan is Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and currently teaches at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 63
978-1-909697-43-0 hardback
Publication August 2014

Contents
INTRODUCTION
Athalya Brenner-Idan

HUMAN DIGNITY, A FIRM FOUNDATION IN THE HEBREW BIBLE – WHY?
Yairah Amit

IS EGYPT REALLY THE PROVENANCE OF JOSEPH’S DREAM NARRATIVES?
Oren Biderman

THE ISSUES OF THE COMPOSITION AND EDITING OF SCRIPTURES IN BYZANTINE JEWISH EXEGESIS FROM THE TENTH CENTURY AND LATER
Gershon Brin

TRACES OF VALENCE SHIFT IN CLASSICAL HEBREW
Janet Dyk

THE LITERARY STYLE AND LINGUISTIC STAGE OF RUTH AS COMPARED TO ESTHER
Mats Eskhult

DIRECT DISCOURSE AND PARALLELISM
Edward L. Greenstein

A TYPOLOGICAL, COMPLEX SYSTEMS APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF BIBLICAL HEBREW READ-ING
Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé and Jacobus A. Naudé

A MATTER OF CHOICE: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE CONTACT BETWEEN HEBREW AND ARAMAIC, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO JEREMIAH 10.1-16
Noam Mizrahi

TWISTING PROVERBS: ORAL TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE AND WRITTEN CONTEXT
Susan Niditch

JOSEPH AND HIS DREAMSCAPES: FROM TRAUMA TO DISCOVERY
Meira Polliack

WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT OTHER NORTHWEST SEMITIC DIALECTS
FROM READING THE BIBLE
Gary A. Rendsburg

AN OCTAVE ABOVE BIBLICAL STYLE: NOTES ON THE POETIC STYLE OF BIALIK’S SCROLL OF FIRE
Tamar Sovran

DOWN, UP, RIGHT, AND LEFT: DIRECTIONALITY AND SPACE IN JONAH
Talia Sutskover

SYSTEM AND DESIGN: READING, COMPUTING AND TRANSLATING BIBLICAL HEBREW INTO DUTCH
Eep Talstra

TEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TORAH
Emanuel Tov

VERBA MANENT: SIGNS, SOUNDS, AND LETTERS IN RABBINIC LITERATURE
Mǎdǎlina Vârtejanu-Joubert

DATING TORAH DOCUMENTS: FROM WELLHAUSEN TO POLAK
Ziony Zevit