Text and Tablet: Near Eastern Archaeology, the Old Testament and New Possibilities
Text and Tablet balances a blend of logic, post-analytical philosophy, French philosophy and literary criticism to carefully introduce some of these issues to the reader. Just as writers such as Derrida and Kermode have been interested in relating religion and philosophy to literature, so this book extends the idea of multidisciplinary synthesis to connect ancient and modern issues. Linking philosophy to literature, Old Testament texts and studies, Near East archaeology, and Religious ideas and debates in fresh ways, Gibson explores ancient texts and sites and developing interpretations of some recent excavations. Addressing issues raised by leading thinkers (Chomsky, Deleuze, Wittgenstein, Renfrew, Barr) on language, life and history, Gibson seeks to challenge many entrenched views based on familiar discoveries and proposes fresh engagement between the interpretation of Old Testament studies and archaeology, using a new, multidisciplinary analysis. This book will prove of particular value to those interested in theology and biblical studies, philosophy of language, archaeology, and modern comparative literature.
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Philosophical Archaeology and Ancient Texts
The Old Testament and Literary Theory
Does Genesis Contain 3rdMillennium BC Text?
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3rd-millennium Akkadian Amorite analysis ancient narrative ancient world apiru applied Aramaic archaeology argue Asherah assessment assumptions Baal Babylonian Belshazzar Beth Shan biblical book of Daniel Bronze Age Canaan Canaanite causal claims complex concept concerning context counter-intuitive creative criteria criterion of identity criticism cultic cultural Daniel deconstruction Deir Alla Inscriptions deity Ebla Eblaic Egypt Egyptian empirical evidence example Exodus expression foregoing function generalisation Genesis Gibson forthcoming Goliath Hebrew historical indeterminacy inference influence internal interpretation Ipuwer Iron Age king kingship Kinnier language later linguistic literary theory logic Mesopotamian metaphor millennium mirror motif mythology Nabonidus Old Testament original parallel perspective Pettinato phenomena polemic possible present presupposed presuppositions problems processual archaeology proper name proposed Rebel Lands reference relation relevant repha'im role scenario scholarly scholars semantic fields Semitic Sennacherib sense Sumerian symbolic tablets term thematic theological thesis traditions trauma Ugaritic usage Yahweh