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Deuteronomy–Joshua

A Hypertextual Commentary

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Bartosz Adamczewski

This monograph demonstrates that the book of Deuteronomy is a result of highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Ezekiel. Likewise, it shows that the books of Joshua–Judges, taken together, are a result of one, highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Deuteronomy. In both cases, the detailed reworking consists of almost 700 strictly sequentially organized thematic, and at times also linguistic correspondences. The strictly sequential, hypertextual dependence on the earlier works explains numerous surprising features of Deuteronomy and Joshua–Judges. This critical analysis of Deuteronomy and Joshua–Judges sheds entirely new light on the question of the origin of the Pentateuch and the whole Israelite Heptateuch Genesis–Judges.

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Exodus–Numbers

A Hypertextual Commentary

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Bartosz Adamczewski

This monograph demonstrates that the books of Exodus–Numbers, taken together, are the result of one, highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Deuteronomy. This detailed reworking consists of around 1,200 strictly sequentially organized matter, and at times also linguistic correspondences between Exodus–Numbers and Deuteronomy. The strictly sequential, hypertextual dependence on Deuteronomy explains numerous surprising features of Exodus–Numbers. The critical analysis of Exodus–Numbers as a coherently composed hypertextual work disproves hypotheses of the existence in these writings of Priestly and non-Priestly materials or multiple literary layers.

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Genesis

A Hypertextual Commentary

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Bartosz Adamczewski

This monograph demonstrates that the book of Genesis is a result of highly creative, hypertextual reworking of the book of Deuteronomy. This detailed reworking consists of around 1,000 strictly sequentially organized matter, and at times also linguistic correspondences between Genesis and Deuteronomy. The strictly sequential, hypertextual dependence on Deuteronomy explains numerous surprising features of Genesis. The critical analysis of Genesis as a coherently composed hypertextual work disproves hypotheses of the existence in these writings of Priestly and non-Priestly materials or multiple literary layers.

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Patterns of Movement in the Hebrew Psalter

A Holistic Thematic Approach with an Exemplar, Psalms 69–87

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Yung Hun Choi

The author re-examines the movements in the Hebrew Psalter as a whole, "from laments to praises" and "from psalms of individual to those of community," indicated by Westermann (1977) and Gottwald (1985). In general, these movements are widely observable, however, there are some contradictory data upon closer inspection. Namely, some laments are assembled at the end and in fact many psalms of community appear in the middle. This motivated the author to launch a holistic structural study. In this book, the author demonstrates that the movements are not specified in a linear design but a progressive parallel pattern, crossing over the fivefold doxological division. The movements foreshadowed between Psalms 1 and 2 unfold in the specific psalms-groups and in the tripartite division. Each psalms-group exhibits the movements "from distress (lament) through deepest sorrow to joy (praise)," "from individual (through Israel) to nations," "from present/past to future," "from (the city of) Israel through Sheol/death to Zion," "from Mosaic covenant to Davidic one" and "from the flawed human (Davidic) kingship through Messianic to YHWH’s kingship." The "answer and certainty" of Psalms 1–2 reappear at the end of each group. A psalms-group, Pss 69–87, was selected as an exemplar to demonstrate the regularity of the movements.

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Jarosław Duraj

This project envisages a study of Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) and of the role played by metaxy in his vision of political philosophy. Metaxy already defined by Plato as the "in-between" matrix of the human condition is for Voegelin a powerful notion that symbolizes the intermediate state in which man experiences diverse and opposing tensions such as the ones between immanence and transcendence or mortality and immortality. The metaxy constitutes the realm of the divine-human mutual participation (methexis), and its locus resides in human consciousness (nous), there where the divine reality manifests itself as the origin of being. Being the field of intermediation between opposing forces, man has to keep the balance of consciousness in order to differentiate the noetic and pneumatic dimensions and so attune his life to the divine ground of being. This project claims that for Voegelin metaxy shapes the possibility of the philosophical, historical, political and religious orientation in life. Indeed, Voegelin’s approach deserves recognition as an option adequate for addressing the intellectual challenges engendered by modern and postmodern philosophies.

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Cyril Aigbadon Odia

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Jenseits von Unterwerfung

Den Islam theologisch beantworten

Rudolf Kutschera

Der islamische Prophet Muhammad ist einst mit einem theologischen Programm in theokratischer Gestalt angetreten. Da der Koran Christen und Juden vielfach anspricht und zu Stellungnahmen auffordert, ist eine theologische Antwort legitim und notwendig. Der vorliegende Band behandelt unter Einbeziehung aktueller islamwissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse die Quellen des Korans, die Grundzüge seines Verhältnisses zum Judentum und sein Jesusbild. Daraus ergeben sich sowohl eine realistische Bewertung des Islam als auch Impulse für ein christliches Selbstverständnis. Das 4. Kapitel stellt die weithin unbekannten Sichtweisen des jüdischen Philosophen Franz Rosenzweig und des Theologen Joseph Ratzinger/Benedikt XVI. auf den Islam hin vor – als entscheidende Orientierungshilfe jenseits von Unterwerfung.

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Weihnachten

Theologische, kulturwissenschaftliche und religionspädagogische Perspektiven

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Edited by Hermann Josef Riedl and Dorothee Schlenke

Die Weihnachtsvorlesung gehört zu den fest etablierten Veranstaltungen der Pädagogischen Hochschule Freiburg. Jedes Jahr referieren Wissenschaftler*innen aus der Perspektive ihrer jeweiligen Disziplin zum Thema „Weihnachten". Der vorliegende Band dokumentiert eine Reihe dieser interdisziplinären Weihnachtsvorlesungen, präsentiert neue Beiträge und bildet so die gesellschaftlich-kulturelle Präsenz und Popularität des Weihnachtsfestes ab. Das Spektrum der Aufsätze reicht von theologischen Artikeln wie „Weihnachten im Alten Testament?" und „Weihnachten bei Martin Luther" bis zu kulturwissenschaftlichen Beiträgen wie „Weihnachtsszenen im Theater" und religionspädagogischen Aufsätzen wie „Der große Gott wird ein kleines Kind".

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Edited by Bacem Dziri and Merdan Güneş

Vorstellungen eines Niedergangs der islamischen Welt – ob bereits erfolgt, sich abzeichnend oder prognostiziert – drücken sich in einer Fülle von Thesen und Erzählungen zu Kultur, Literatur, Mentalität, Theologie und Geschichte derselben aus. Die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Bandes setzen sich kritisch mit den Annahmen, Ausdrucksformen und Konsequenzen dieser Vorstellungen auseinander. Sie spüren dabei dem historischen Aufkommen einzelner Niedergangsthesen und ihrer Narrative nach und verweisen bisweilen auf Alternativen zu den jeweiligen Facetten dieser Großerzählung.

Concepts of a decline in the Islamic world - whether already occurred, looming or forecasted - are expressed in a wealth of theses and narratives on culture, literature, mentality, theology and history of the same. The authors of this volume deal critically with the assumptions, forms of expression and consequences of these ideas. In doing so, they trace the historical emergence of individual decline theses and their narratives and sometimes point out alternatives to the respective facets of this master narrative.

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The oracle of deliverance for Ebed-Melech, the cushite

An exegetical-theological study of Jer 38,1-13 and 39,15-18

Deusdedit Musinguzi

This book examines the oracle of deliverance that Yhwh communicated to Ebed-melech, the Cushite (Jer 39,15-18). In order to comprehend this analeptically presented promise, however, the research also scrutinizes two other related events in Jeremiah’s mission in the context of Jer 37–39: i) the unpleasant incident in which the Jerusalem officials maliciously threw the Lord’s messenger into the muddy cistern (Jer 38,1–6) and ii) Ebed-melech’s benevolent intervention to rescue the prophet from the water reservoir (Jer 38,7-13). In this monograph, the author uses the historical-critical method and rhetorical & narrative analyses.