Rendsburg, Gary

Rendsburg, Gary

Scribal Secrets: Extraordinary Texts in the Torah and Their Implications

James S. Dimond and Gary A. Rendsburg (eds.)

Published: Wipf and Stock (Pickwick Publications), 2019

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and LinguisticsClick image to purchaseThe text of the Torah includes not only its words, but also various atypical scribal features. Prime among these are the dots over certain letters, various letters written either large or small, and the exceedingly odd placement of two inverted Hebrew letters surrounding one passage. What are these features doing there? How old are they? Do they carry meaning? How have they been interpreted over the years? James Diamond brings the reader on the journey through the Torah text in search of a response to these questions.

 

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Solomon's Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs

Scott B. Noegel and Gary A. Rendsburg

Published: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and LinguisticsClick image to purchaseThis monograph includes four lengthy studies on the Song of Songs, which together identify the northern dialect of the poetry, focus on the literary devices of alliteration and variation, and propose that the composition is akin to medieval Arabic hija’ and tašbīb (or invective) poetic genres, aimed at critiquing the king and his court. The authors conclude that the poem was written during the period of the two monarchies, probably circa 900 B.C.E., somewhere in northern Israel, with the goal of censuring King Solomon and his descendants on the throne in Jerusalem.

 

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