Absalom Absalom!

Analecta Biblica Dissertationes Series

Book 81
Gregorian Biblical BookShop
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The present work is a revised and abbreviated form of a dissertation defended at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in February 1977. The main part of the original dissertation consisted of an analytical close reading of 2 Sam 13,1-20,22; here a choice has been made of two substantial pericopes (13, 1-22; 17, 24-19,9). The study is made up of two parts: the first considers the text as a process, while in the second one the text is regarded as a product. These parts reflect two phases of the readers' activity: first there is a sequential study which pauses to examine selected pericopes as they gradually build up the complete story, and this is followed by a structural study which transcends the temporal succession and surveys the story as a whole.
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Gregorian Biblical BookShop
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Dec 31, 2006
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191
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9788876530814
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English
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Religion / Biblical Studies / General
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From L.A. Schokel, S.J.'s preface: A professor dead at 58 seems to us a professor manque. His life has been cut off in full flower with senseless finality - a man's years are seventy. Even though we know that death is the beginning of true life, we miss the life which was his presence among us. But someone who has given himself to teaching can stay alive in his writings. He can live on in the pages which we read, though these pages, like their author's life, have reached completion. We the colleagues, friends and fellow religious of Dennis McCarthy wish to extend his career by publishing in this volume his collected essays. Some of these essays are rigorously technical, with footnotes; others are a type of personal reflection which some call haute vulgarisation. There are two types of readers then, which are addressed. We tend to think of a professor in terms of his field of specialization, perhaps in terms of his most influential book or most notable success. As though he were a dead butterfly on exhibit or a tree labelled in Latin. The professor usually provides a reason for such simplification. Thus McCarthy evoked the term covenant. This was the subject of his basic work, and this is the subject of eight articles in the present work. But this book does not end with covenant. McCarthy views covenant as the relation between man and God. Connected with covenant are other institutions of the Old Testament world - the Holy War, the rite of installation, leadership, monarchy, the role of blood in sacrifice.
From L.A. Schokel, S.J.'s preface: A professor dead at 58 seems to us a professor manque. His life has been cut off in full flower with senseless finality - a man's years are seventy. Even though we know that death is the beginning of true life, we miss the life which was his presence among us. But someone who has given himself to teaching can stay alive in his writings. He can live on in the pages which we read, though these pages, like their author's life, have reached completion. We the colleagues, friends and fellow religious of Dennis McCarthy wish to extend his career by publishing in this volume his collected essays. Some of these essays are rigorously technical, with footnotes; others are a type of personal reflection which some call haute vulgarisation. There are two types of readers then, which are addressed. We tend to think of a professor in terms of his field of specialization, perhaps in terms of his most influential book or most notable success. As though he were a dead butterfly on exhibit or a tree labelled in Latin. The professor usually provides a reason for such simplification. Thus McCarthy evoked the term covenant. This was the subject of his basic work, and this is the subject of eight articles in the present work. But this book does not end with covenant. McCarthy views covenant as the relation between man and God. Connected with covenant are other institutions of the Old Testament world - the Holy War, the rite of installation, leadership, monarchy, the role of blood in sacrifice.
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