Academic journal article Shofar

Deboraerzählung Und Deboralied, by Heinz-Dieter Neef

Academic journal article Shofar

Deboraerzählung Und Deboralied, by Heinz-Dieter Neef

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Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2002. 216 pp. Euro34.00.

The book is divided into 10 chapters, and although the chapters are not numbered this division enables the reader to comprehend the methodological steps. The appendix includes a detailed bibliography and several indices. The book starts with an overview of the different interpretations of the song of Deborah and gives the author's own interpretation at the end. The text of Judges 5 is carefully analyzed for its literary unity as well as for the special features of the genre "song." As the events being described in the song are reported likewise in a prose version, Judges 4 is extensively analyzed as well. Neef's small book, published in the series "Biblisch-theologische Studien," understands itself not as a history of research but as an independent contribution to research. A revised version of the song, as mainly H. P. Müller has suggested in Vetus Testamentum 16 (1966): 446-459, is rejected. The song is seen as a unity and thus is consequently examined as a whole in terms of style (pp. 70-98). …

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