Present and forthcoming Sheffield books

Just out is this…

Philip Davies, On the Origins of Judaism

This book covers several basic issues in the formation of early Judaism. It explores the identity of those who produced and canonized the Hebrew Bible and subsequently shaped its interpretation, re-examines the significance and impact of Second Isaiah, and the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, traces the root of Jewish apocalyptic literature, and the possible origins of the exodus story. Two final chapters consider the mechanics of table fellowship in diaspora Judaism and consider the ethical systems of the Hebrew Bible and of the Athenian tragedians in the light of their respective social and political structures. Some of these essays have previously appeared but all have been revised.

…and forthcoming includes this…

Hugh Pyper, The Joy of Kierkegaard: Essays on Kierkegaard as a Biblical Reader  (Oct. 2011)

In contrast to the popular image of Kierkegaard as ‘the gloomy Dane’, these essays argue that joy is at the heart of Kierkegaard’s enterprise. He is in the true sense an evangelist, seeking to bring the joy of the truth of Christianity to those who persist in misunderstanding it as either a moral code or as one philosophical option. A central tenet of this book is that Kierkegaard’s most original thought arises from his struggle with biblical passages that he found puzzling or offensive. The seminal psychology of belief and doubt in his work is born out of his attempt to comprehend the exceptional experiences of biblical characters. His understanding of his own authorship is also founded on biblical models.

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