Judges Through the Centuries  -     By: D. M. Gunn, David M. Gunn & Paula Gunn Allen
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Judges Through the Centuries

Wiley-Blackwell / 2005 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 344
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.16 X 6.54 X 1.21 (inches)
ISBN: 0631222510
ISBN-13: 9780631222514
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Author Bio

David M. Gunn holds the A. A. Bradford Chair of Religion at Texas Christian University. His other books include Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible’s First Story (1993) and Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (1993), as co-author, and Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book (1996) and “Imagining” Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs (2002), as co-editor. He is also co-author of the article on Judges in the Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (1999).

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“A sometimes sober, sometimes whimsical, sometimesdisturbing, sometimes delightful, and always enlightening journeythrough the centuries alongside all manner of Bible readers... Gunnhas attempted a large feat here – to provide readers with ameaningful survey of over 2,000 years' worth of reception of thebook of Judges – and has succeeded admirably. Hopefully,other volumes in the Blackwell series will live up to Gunn'sexample. This is an engaging and enlightening commentary thatdeserves attention from anyone interested in the history of theinterpretation, use, and influence of the book of Judges.”The Bible and Critical Theory

"In this first volume of the new Blackwell Bible Commentariesseries to treat a book from the Tanak, David M. Gunn has not onlyprovided a useful tool for students of the book of Judges but alsoestablished a new standard for biblical commentaries in general."Review of Biblical Literature

"If you want to know how learned rabbis and church fathers,Puritan divines and rationalist skeptics, musicians, painters andgraphic artists, guardians of public morality and improvers ofchildren’s souls all wrested religious and moral significancefrom an unruly Book of Judges, this is the book for you.
David Gunn selectively assembles some twenty centuries ofprofessional and popular interpreters of the Book of Judges andprovides a running commentary on how, in various times and places,these readers found meaning and instruction from the Book ofJudges, often treasuring the book and sometimes recoiling from whatthey found to be its alien ways. Writing with humor and verve, Gunnprovides thematic continuity among interpreters separated bycenturies and alludes to social and political issues that helpexplain shifting interpretations. Mostly, however, David Gunnallows his choir to sing and his artists to imagine. The voices andillustrations have sometimes been univocal—as in consistentlyholding up Delilah as femme fatale. Very often they havebeen troubled and dissonant, finding conflicting allegories andambiguous moral instruction in hair, heroic militarism, rapaciousslaughter, sex, foxes, and sacrifice. Gunn, or rather the readershe assembles, offer eye-opening testimony that theBible-as-cultural-force has never been a single thing, but amalleable text which people have received quite variously,depending on the changing circumstances in which they lived and thesocial issues they sought to address." Burke O. Long, BowdoinCollege

"This is an exciting new commentary series, which presents afresh and stimulating approach to understanding biblicalinterpretation. Leaving behind the verse by verse analysistypically found in commentaries, this series focuses instead on thebroad spectrum of interpretations that have been applied to eachstory/textual unit by Jews and Christians throughout theages.

Gunn’s ground-breaking volume on Judges, the first in theseries to treat an Old Testament book, is filled with many newinsights and stimulating analyses. Gunn demonstrates veryeffectively that surveying the reception history of a particularpassage focuses one’s attention on key issues in anintriguing and often provocative way. Numerous perspectives forunderstanding each narrative in Judges are compared in a livelymanner that highlights the many subtle nuances implicit in thetext. Gunn’s volume is thoroughly researched andexceptionally informative, and will provide a stellar model forsubsequent volumes to emulate." Alan J. Hauser, AppalachianState University

"Gunn has attempted a large feat here - to provide readers witha meaningful survey of over 2,000 years' worth of reception of thebook of Judges - and has succeeded admirably...This is an engagingand enlightening commentary that deserves attention from anyoneinterested in the history of the interpretation, use, and influenceof the book Judges." R.Christopher Heard, PepperdineUniversity California

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