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Sacred Texts and Sacred Meanings: Selected Essays in Hebrew and Biblical Interpretation
John Sawyer

ISBN 9781906055943
Status Available
Price: $130.00
Binding Hardback
Publication Date June 2011
   

John Sawyer has been known for over forty years as one of the finest British biblical scholars, always alert to new perspectives in biblical criticism and a pioneer in fruitful applications of new, often interdisciplinary, research methods. He has been an inspiring teacher to generations of students in Glasgow (1964–1965), Newcastle upon Tyne (1965–1994), Lancaster (1994–2002), and Oxford (2005–2008). From the very beginning he saw the need to apply sound linguistic theory to the study of the Bible, with the fundamental insight that all texts can have, and very often have had, more than one meaning. No one meaning can claim priority over the others, he argues. The “original meaning,” more or less convincingly reconstructed by modern scholarship, can claim chronological priority, but that is all. What the text has meant to its Jewish and Christian readers down the centuries should be as much the subject of scholarly attention as any “original” meaning.

This is the unifying strand in the whole of his work, from his groundbreaking Semantics in Biblical Research: New Methods of Defining Hebrew Words for Salvation (1972) and his From Moses to Patmos: New Perspectives in Old Testament Study (1977) to his fascinating The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity (1996) and his Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts (1999). Among his most recent major contributions in this area have been his co-editorship of the Blackwell Bible Commentary Series, his edited Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture (2006) and his own Concise Dictionary of the Bible and its Reception (2009).

In 2011 John Sawyer was elected President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and to celebrate that appointment Sheffield Phoenix Press was honored to present this representative selection of forty-six of his papers, some previously unpublished and some originally published in rather obscure places.

John Sawyer is Professor Emeritus of Lancaster University and Newcastle University. He lives in Perugia, Italy.

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