The State of the Field of Hebrew Bible Study: In Conversation with John J. Collins, The Bible After Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age (Eerdmans, 2005)

David M. Carr, John J. Collins, F. W. Dobbs-Allsop, Amy Kalmanofsky

Abstract


Reviews and responses to John J. Collins, The Bible After
Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age (Eerdmans, 2005). The
respondents were asked to offer “a few comments building on the book, aimed at
spurring a broader discussion among colleagues about where things are going in
our field.” Background The following reflections come from a forum on the state
of the field of Hebrew Bible study in the Columbia University Hebrew Bible
Seminar on March 22, 2006. The primary focus for the forum was reviews and
responses to John J. Collins, The Bible After Babel: Historical Criticism in a
Postmodern Age (Eerdmans, 2005). The respondents were asked to offer “a few
comments building on the book, aimed at spurring a broader discussion among
colleagues about where things are going in our field.” The discussion that
followed was lively, and the hope is that sharing these contributions, with much
of their oral character preserved, may be useful for further reflection by a
wider circle.

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