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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. In Friendship in the Hebrew Bible, a volume from the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, Saul Olyan fills this gap in our knowledge and understanding of biblical texts by forwarding a comprehensive, original, and accessible analysis of the key form of social relationship that is friendship in the Hebrew Bible.
Olyan roots his compelling analysis in a wide range of texts such as 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.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)|
Series: Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
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"Saul Olyan has written a truly original work that not only opens up a new area in biblical studies, but creates a full-blown synthesis of the socio-literary field of biblical friendship."
—Ronald Hendel, University of California, Berkeley
"Saul Olyan is one of the worlds most consistently insightful scholars of the Hebrew Bible. Here he offers a study of friendship that will prove a helpful companion for anyone curious about what biblical texts reveal about the history of human relationships."
—Steven Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania
"Through an insightful and sensitive reading of the vocabulary of friendship along with an astute analysis of its function in a variety of biblical passages, Olyan illuminates with striking clarity this important but oft-ignored concept."
—Carol Meyers, Duke University
"Another groundbreaking study from one of the finest scholars in the field of biblical studies. With Olyan as our expert guide, we learn to rethink our assumptions not only about the biblical texts but also about what it means to be human."
—Jacob L. Wright, Emory University
"Saul Olyans book, masterfully investigated, is the first serious and comprehensive study of friendship in the Bible, a topic that has mostly been ignored by specialists. It offers new and unexpected insights and makes an important contribution to contemporary cross-cultural theories about friendship. A must read for students and scholars of the Bible."
—Thomas Thomas Römer, Collège de France and University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
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