I am sure to forget someone in these acknowledgments, so please forgive me! I would like to thank Anthony R. Ceresko, O.S.F.S., Chris Franke, Pamela Milne, Carol Newsom, Michael Patrick O'Connor, and Naomi Steinberg, who have read some portion of this book and gave me their perceptive commentary.
1 am grateful to the members of the Old Testament Colloquium, in which several of these chapters were presented and critiqued, especially Conine Patton, Kathleen M. O'Connor, and Mark S. Smith.
Muchas gracias to Bruce J. Malina and John J. Pilch for their friendly counsel and support, particularly in the writing of chapter 3, and to Richard J. Clifford, S.J., whose great wisdom on the book of Proverbs helped the writing of chapter 7.
Merci beaucoup to my faculty colleagues at the Episcopal Divinity School, Kwok Pui Lan, Larry Wills, Angela Bauer, Joanna Dewey, Christopher Duraisingh, and Andrew McGowan, who commented on presentations of several chapters at different venues of the Boston Theological Institute.
Danke schön to Naomi Steinberg, Victor Matthews, Claudia Camp, and Daniel Smith-Christopher for prepublication manuscripts of their work.
I want to say xie xie to the members of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium, where chapter 4 and chapter 6 were presented. Chapter 6 was my April 2002 Presidential Address as outgoing president of the colloquium.