Friendship in the Hebrew Bible Hardback

by Saul M. Olyan;

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Friendship in the Hebrew Bible

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Friendship, though a topic of considerable humanistic and cross disciplinary interest in contemporary scholarship, has been largely ignored by scholars of the Hebrew Bible, possibly because of its complexity and elusiveness. Filling a significant gap in our knowledge and understanding of biblical texts, Saul M. Olyan provides this original, accessible analysis of a key form of social relationship. In this thorough and compelling assessment, Olyan analyzes a wide range of texts, including prose narratives, prophetic materials, psalms, pre-Hellenistic wisdom collections, and the Hellenistic-era wisdom book Ben Sira. This in-depth, contextually sensitive, and theoretically engaged study explores how the expectations of friends and family members overlap and differ, examining, among other things, characteristics that make the friend a distinct social actor; failed friendship; and friendships in narratives such as those of Ruth and Naomi, and Jonathan and David. Olyan presents a comprehensive look at what constitutes friendship in the Hebrew Bible.

Friendship in the Hebrew Bible by Saul M. Olyan was published by Yale University Press in January 2017. The ISBN for Friendship in the Hebrew Bible is 9780300182682.

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Details for Friendship in the Hebrew Bible

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (January 2017)
Number of Pages224
Thickness20 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450170
Page last updated 13th December 2017
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