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This is the third volume of a three volume collection which collates the most important published papers of James Barr (1924-2006). The papers deal with questions of theology (especially biblical theology), biblical interpretation and ideas about biblical inspiration and authority, and questions to do with biblical Hebrew and Greek, along with several lexicographical studies, essays and obituaries on major figures in the history of biblical interpretation, and a number of importantreviews. Many of pieces collected here have hitherto been available only in journals and hard-to-access collections. This collection will prove indispensable for anyone seeking a rounded picture of Barr's work. It incorporates work from every period of his academic life, and includes a number of discussions of fundamentalism and conservative biblical interpretation. Some pieces also shed light on less well-known aspects of Barr's work, such as his abiding interest in biblical chronology. Barr's characteristic incisive, clear, and forthright style is apparent throughout the collection. The three volumes are thematically compiled. Each is accompanied by an introduction by John Barton, providing a guide to the contents.Volume 1 begins with a biographical essay by Ernest Nicholson and John Barton. It contains major articles on theology in relation to the Bible, programmatic studies of the past and future of biblical study, and reflections on specific topics in the study of the Old Testament. Volume 2 is concerned with detailed biblical interpretation and with the history of the discipline. It also contains material on biblical fundamentalism. Volume 3 is a collection of Barr's extensive papers on linguistic matters relating to Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and to biblical translation in the ancient and the modern world. Contents List
Table of Contents
Introduction, John Barton 1. Ancient Translations 1. Vocalization and the Analysis of Hebrew among the Ancient Translators 2. Three Interrelated Factors in the Semantic Study of Ancient Hebrew 3. Guessing' in the Septuagint 4. Doubts about Homeophony in the Septuagint 5. Did the Greek Pentateuch really serve as a Dictionary for the Translation of the Later Books? 6. Seeing the Wood for the Trees? An Enigmatic Ancient Translation 7. erizw and ereidw in the Septuagint: A Note principally on Gen. xlix.6 8. Aramaic-Greek Notes on the Book of Enoch 9. The Meaning of epakouw and Cognates in the LXX 10. Review article of J. Reider, An Index to Aquila 11. Review of P. Walters (Katz), The Text of the Septuagint 12. Review article of Bruce H. Metzger (ed.), The Early Versions of the New Testament 13. Translators' Handling of Verb Tense in Semantically Ambiguous Contexts 14. Cr)b - MOLIS; Prov. xi.31, 1 Peter iv.18 2.NBModern Translations 15. Biblical Translation and the Church 16. After Five Years: A Retrospect on Two Major Translations of the Bible 17. Modern English Bible Versions as a Problem for the Church 3. Hebrew and Semitic Languages 18. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek in the Hellenistic Age 19. Hebrew Linguistic Literature: From the 16th Century to the Present 20. The Nature of Linguistic Evidence in the Text of the Bible 21. Reading a Script without Vowels 22. Semitic Philology and the Interpretation of the Old Testament 23. The Ancient Semitic Languages: The Conflict between Philology and Linguistics 24. Common Sense and Biblical Language 25. Etymology and the Old Testament 26. Limitations of Etymology as a Lexicographical Instrument in Biblical Hebrew 27. A New Look at Kethibh-Qere 28. Determination and the Definite Article in Biblical Hebrew 29. St Jerome s Appreciation of Hebrew 30. St Jerome and the Sounds of Hebrew 31. Migrash in the Old Testament 32. Ugaritic and Hebrew sbm? 33. One Man or All Humanity? A Question in the Anthropology of Genesis 1 34. Some Notes on ben 'between' in classical Hebrew 35. Hebrew d( especially at Job i.18 and Neh. vii.3 36. Why?' in biblical Hebrew? 37. Is Hebrew Cq 'nest' a Metaphor? 38. Hebrew Orthography and the Book of Job 39. Three Interrelated Factors in the Semantic Study of Ancient Hebrew 40. Scope and Problems in the Semantics of Classical Hebrew 41. Hebrew Lexicography 42. Hebrew Lexicography: Informal Thoughts 43. Philology and Exegesis: Some general Remarks, with Illustrations from Job iii 44. Review of J. Yahuda, Hebrew is Greek 45. Review articles on Koehler-Baumgartner, Hebraisches und Aramaisches Lexikon zum Alten Testament, parts 1 and 2 46. Review article on E Ullendorff, Is Biblical Hebrew a Language? 47. Review of J. Blau, Grammar of Biblical Hebrew Index