Text, Translation, Theology: Selected Essays on the Hebrew Bible

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Ashgate, 2010 - Religion - 142 pages
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Text, translation, theology - the three nouns in the title indicate the main fields of Old Testament study which are covered in this collection of essays. Text refers both to the history of biblical texts and to problems of textual criticism. Translation of the Hebrew Bible as a philological task is a central subject in several essays. Theology does not define what the essays are but what some of them are about: religious ideologies are objects of enquiry. Bertil Albrektson gathers together a selection of his essays, some of which have become classics, which were written on separate occasions and published in different, sometimes rather remote, places. They cover more than four decades of research, and for the first time they are now brought together in this accessible volume. Bertil Albrektson is a Swedish Old Testament scholar of international repute, awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by The British Academy in 2003. His writing was characterized by the late Professor P.R. Ackroyd of King's College, London, as 'a model of learning, clarity and dry humour'. This volume offers a unique resource to current scholars of biblical studies.

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Bertil Albrektson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1929 and took his doctor's degree at the University of Lund in 1963, having been a research student there and at Cambridge. He was Professor of Old Testament exegesis at A...bo Academy in Finland 1967-76 and then moved back to his native Sweden, where he played a leading role in the Bible Translation Commission in Uppsala, which published the new official Swedish version of the Bible in 2001. Professor Albrektson is a member of several learned societies, among others the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, of which he has been President, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. The Society for Old Testament Study in Britain made him an Honorary Member in 1983, and he has received honorary doctorates from Edinburgh University and A...bo Academy. The British Academy awarded him the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies in 2003.