As it is Written: Studying Paul's Use of Scripture
Stanley E. Porter, Christopher D. Stanley
Society of Biblical Lit, 2008 - Religion - 376 pages
This work examines the notion of the land and its conquest which are important subjects today for the formation of the Pentateuch. The sabbatical calendar, known from the books of Enoch and Jubilees and several Dead Sea Scrolls, is applied to the Pentateuch, revealing it as the calendar.
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I write not as an expert but as an author of fiction and a translator of German long interested in theology, biblical criticism, and philosophy. I also sit most Sundays in the pew of a Lutheran church and attempt to make sense of the lectionary lessons which often include texts from Paul's letters.
I happened across this interesting book while researching a different topic (reminiscent of hours spent browsing in the library stacks while in graduate school and becoming distracted by captivating books and articles that strike a chord, while not necessarily contributing to the original task). This time, I do not regret having yielded to this temptation.
The clarity of their writing, the breadth of their scholarship, and the light the authors shed on Paul's use of earlier scripture makes me almost regret not having followed along some pathway years ago that could have led me to write such a book myself.
Anyone with a background in the humanities interested in biblical studies should find this book rewarding.
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