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RLST 245 Research Paper (F. V. Greifenhagen): Journal article ideas


Clones of God: Genesis 1:26-28 and the Image of God in the Hebrew Bible

What the Holy Seed Defiled: The Textual Problem of Genesis 49:4

Light and Space in Genesis 1

Between Text and Sermon: Genesis 21: 8-21

The Woman's Curse: A Redemptive Reading of Genesis 3:16


Once Again: The Yam Sûp of the Exodus

Keeping the Paschal Lamb: Exodus 12.6 and the Question of Sacrifice in the Passover-of-Egypt

The Visit of Jethro (Exodus 18): Its Composition and Levitical Reworking

Through the Kaleidoscope of Literary Imagery in Exodus 15: Poetics and Historiography in Service to Religious Exuberance

A Migrant-Centric Reading of Exodus 2: Tactics of Survival for Immigrant Women and their Unaccompanied Children


'Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof!' Reading Leviticus 25:10 through the Centuries

Rebuke, Lending, and Love: An Early Exegetical Tradition on Leviticus 19:17-18

The Conflation of Purity and Prohibition: An Interpretation of Leviticus 18:19

The Origin and Interpretation of ṡāraʿat in Leviticus 13-14

Leviticus 24: 10-23: An Outsider Perspective


Rabbinic Traditions in Jerome's Translation of the Book of Numbers

Contrasting Conceptions of Asylum in Deuteronomy 19 and Numbers 35

"Unintentionally" (Numbers 35:11) and "Unwittingly" (Deuteronomy 19:4): Two Aspects of the Cities of Refuge

The Disorderly Body: Considerations of The Book of Numbers, 19 and Ritual Impurity after Contact with a Corpse

Animals in the Prophetic World: Literary Reflections on Numbers 22 and 1 Kings 13


Deuteronomy 1.43-21: An Early Exemplar of Rewritten Scripture?

Divine Fire in Deuteronomy 33:2

The Aniconic Tradition, Deuteronomy 4, and the Politics of Israelite Identity

Cult Centralization in the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Origins of Deuteronomy

A Land of Gates: Covenant Communities in the Book of Deuteronomy


The Legal Background of the Theme of Land in the Book of Joshua

The Making of the Sin of Achan (Joshua 7)

Undivided Inheritance and Lot Casting in the Book of Joshua

Twilight of the Gods: Hidden Polemics in Joshua 10:12-14

Strategies of Stranger Inclusion in the Narrative Traditions of Joshua-Judges: The Cases of Rahab's Household, the Kenites and the Gibeonites


Verbal Feud in the Hebrew Bible: Judges 3:12-30 and 19-21

Abimelech the Manly Man?  Judges 9.1-57 and the Performance of Hegemonic Masculinity

Hands, Heads, and Feet: Body Parts as Poetic Device in Judges 4-5

The Qumran Scrolls of the Book of Judges: Literary Formation, Textual Criticism and Historical Linguistics

The Levite of Judges 19-21

Samuel 1

Her Word versus His: Establishing the Underlying Text in 1 Samuel 1:23

Reading Samuel as Folklore: 1 Samuel 23.19-24.22 and 26.1-25, a Case Study

Rereading Samuel's Silence in 1 Samuel 7:8

Homeric and Ancient Near Eastern Intertextuality in 1 Samuel 17

Translating Misfortune: The Textual Problem of 1 Samuel 1:15 in the MT and the LXX

Samuel 2

Tense and Aspect of Hebrew Verbs in 2 Samuel 7:8-16 - from the Point of View of Discourse Grammar

Private Poetry and Public Eloquence in 2 Samuel 1:17-27: Hearing and Overhearing David's Lament for Jonathan and Saul

He Would Not Hear Her Voice: From Skilled Speech to Silence in 2 Samuel 13: 1-22

A Cognitive Poetics Approach to the Problem of Biblical Hebrew Poetic Lineation: Perception-Oriented Lineation of David's Lament in 2 Samuel 1:19-27

The Ancestral Estate in 2 Samuel 14:16

Kings 1

Rereading 1 Kings 17:21 in Light of Ancient Medical Texts

Two Clearings of Goats (1 Kings 20:27): An Interpretation Supported by an Akkadian Parallel

Elijah and the 'Voice' at Horeb (1 Kings 19): Narrative Sequence in the Masoretic Text and Josephus

Who Guides Whom? Embeddedness and Perspective in Biblical Hebrew and in 1 Kings 3:16-28

The Solomonic "Debir" according to the Hebrew Text of 1 Kings 6

Kings 2

Women of God: Maternal Grief and Religious Response in 1 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 4

"My Father, My Father! Chariot of Israel and its Horses!" (2 Kings 2:12 // 13:14): Elisha's or Elijah's Title?

The Conquests of Hazael in 2 Kings 13:22 in the Antiochian Text

Notes on 2 Kings 9:36-37

A Suggestion Regarding the Meaning of 2 Kings 17:9 and the Composition of 2 Kings 17:7-23


A New Meaning of גור in Biblical Hebrew: Evidence from the Theological Conflict in Isaiah 33:14

Wolf and Lamb as Hyperbolic Blessing: Reassessing Creational Connections in Isaiah 11:6-8

The Disabled Body Politic in Isaiah 3:1, 8

Developmental Stage, Scribal Lapse, or Physical Defect?: 1QIsa's Damaged Exemplar for Isaiah Chapters 34-66

"Behold the Speaker": A Note on Isaiah 41:27


Jeremiah 8:8: Why are Scribes Accused of Corrupting the Torah?

The Book of Jeremiah: Realisation of Threats of the Torah - and also of Promises?

Jeremiah's Autonomy: The Book of Jeremiah

Planting Gardens: Mesopotamian Influence on a Hebrew Trope in Jeremiah 29

Tradition as Innovation: Ancient Harmonistic Theologising in the Temple Sermon (Jeremiah 7:1-8:3)











Agreement between the Peshitta and Old Greek and the Textual Criticism of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible

Out of the (Model) City, into the Fire: The Meaning of Ezekiel 5:3-4

בית ישראל in Ezekiel: Identity Construction and the Exilic Period

Multiple Exposures: Body Rhetoric and Gender Characterization in Ezekiel 16

The Double Current and the Tree of Healing in Ezekiel 47: 1-12 in Light of Babylonian Iconography and Texts


Hosea 10:10: A Critical Note

Is the Masoretic Text still a Reliable Primary Text for the Book of Hosea?

Metaphor and Dissonance: A Reinterpretation of Hosea 4:13-14

Observations on the Marital Metaphor of YHWH and Israel in its Ancient Israelite Context: General Considerations and Particular Images in Hosea 1.2


The Problem of Time in Joel

The Shattered Dream: The Prophecies of Joel - a Bridge between Ezekiel and Haggai?

For Whom the Plowshares and Pruning Hooks Toil: A Tradition-Historical Reading of Joel 4.10

The Prophecy of Joel: The Prophets' Message, Beliefs and Prophetic Style


Justice and the City: A Reading of Amos 3:9-15

On the Possible Interpretations of Amos 7:14

Shades of Irony in the Anti-Language of Amos

The Crimes of the Nations in Amos 1-2

Playing with Words and Identity: Reconsidering אנך, לרב באש and קץ/קיץ in Amos' Visions


Poetic Justice in Obadiah

Obadiah's 'Day of the Lord': A Semiotic Reading

Structure, Redaction and Significance in the Prophecy of Obadiah

A New Solution to a Crux in Obadiah 7

Levels of Naturalization in Obadiah


Negotiating the Eco-Conscious Translation of the Hebrew Bible: Jonah 3:1-10 as Test Case

The Symbolic Meaning of the Number of Days Mentioned in the Book of Jonah

Subversive Boundary Drawing in Jonah: The Variation of אשר and ש as Literary Code-Switching

The Conundrum of ḥtr in Jonah 1:13

"And Many Beasts" (Jonah 4:11): The Function and Status of Animals in the Book of Jonah


Micah 2:9 and the Traumatic Effects of Depriving Children of their Parents

"He Will Cast their Sins into the Depths of the Sea..." Exodus Allusions and the Personification of Sin in Micah 7:7-20

A Place in the Dust: Text, Topography and a Toponymic Note on Micah 1:10-12a

Trading Yahweh's Word for a Price: Ethical Implications of the Collusion of Prophets and Priests in Micah 3:5-7, 11

"From Edom He Went Up...": Some Remarks on the Text and Interpretation of Micah 2: 12-13


Fluid Dynamics: The Interplay of Water and Gender in Nahum

Nineveh's Pretensions to Divine Power in Nahum 3:16

Nahum, Nineveh, and the Nile: The Description of Thebes in Nahum 3:8-9

Nahum 2:14 Text-Critical Notes

The Trauma of Nineveh's Demise and Downfall: Nahem 2.2-11


Reading Habakkuk 3 in the Light of Ancient Unit Delimiters

Habakkuk 2.4b in its Context: How Far Off was Paul?

Salvation by Faith or by Faithfulness in the Book of Habakkuk?

Habakkuk 3:16 - Where did the "Asher" Go?

Opposition to Idolatry in the Book of Habakkuk


Survival, Conversion and Restoration: Reflections on the Redaction History of the Book of Zephaniah

Realigning the Cosmos: The Intertextual Image of Judgement and Restoration in Zephaniah

Israelite or Universal Horizon: Zephaniah 3.8-10 in the Hebrew and Greek Bibles

YHWH's Future Ingathering in Zephaniah 1:2: Interpreting אָסֹף אָסֵף

Humility and Instruction in Zephaniah 3.1-7


A "Cryptic" Phrase in Haggai 2:6

Two Philological Notes on Haggai 2:15-19

Composition, Rhetoric and Theology in Haggai 1:1-11

The Temple in the Book of Haggai

The Verbal Forms in Haggai 1.8-9


Translation of Horse Colors in Zechariah 1:8, 6:2-3, 6 Based on Textual and Material Evidence

Archer Imagery in Zechariah 9:11-17 in Light of Achaemenid Iconography

Good Blood, Bad Blood: Multivocality, Metonymy, and Mediation in Zechariah 9

Verb Transitivity and Ancient Hebrew מושׁ in Zechariah 3:9

Zechariah 5:5-11: Why an Ephah?


Malachi 4:4-6 as a Point of Convergence in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible: A Consideration of the Intra and Intertextual Relationships

Cutting Off "Kith and Kin," "Er and Onan"?: Interpreting an Obscure Phrase in Malachi 2:12

Judah as Wife and Husband: Deconstructing Gender in Malachi

To Take a Second Look at Malachi the Book

The Messenger, the Lord and the Coming Judgement in the Reception History of Malachi 3


























Rethinking Divine Hiddenness in the Hebrew Bible: The Hidden God as the Hostile God in Psalm 88

Toward a Theory of the Poetry of the Hebrew Bible: The Poetry of the Psalms as a Test Case

A Collective Anointed? David and the People in Psalm 89

Creation, Destruction, and a Psalmist's Plea: Rethinking the Poetic Structure of Psalm 74

Manuscript, Voice and the Construction of Pseudepigraphal Identities: Composing a Mutable David in Some Qumran Psalms Scrolls


The Death of a Virtuous Woman? Proverbs 31:10-31, Gnomic Qatal, and the Role of Translation in the Analysis of the Hebrew Verbal System

A Theology of the Greek Version of Proverbs

"Iron Sharpens Iron" as a Negative Image: Challenging the Common Interpretation of Proverbs 27:17

Iniquities Ensnare the Wicked: The Ethical Theory of Proverbs 1-9

The Value of a Curious Translation: Revisiting Proverbs 2:5


Is Eliphaz a False Prophet? The Vision in Job 4:12-21

Euphemism in Biblical Hebrew and the Euphemistic 'Bless' in the Septuagint of Job

The Rhetoric of Condemnation in the Book of Job

The Firstborn of Death: Monotheism and the Mythology of Death in Job 18

Reading the Book of Job in the Pandemic

Song of Songs

I Am Burnt but Beautiful: Translating Song 1:5a

Love Conquers All: Song of Songs 8:6b-7a as a Reflex of the Northwest Semitic Combat Myth

The Strange Use of דגל in Song of Songs 5:10

One Song or Many: The Unity of the Song of Songs in Jewish and Christian Exegesis

Mental Mapping in the Admiration Song in Song of Songs 7:2-7


Women, Jung and the Hebrew Bible: An Evaluation of Jungian Interpretations of Hebrew Bible Texts by way of the Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth and the Limits of Proverbial Wisdom

Interpreting Texts and the Matter of Context: Examples from the Book of Ruth

The Art of Persuasion and the Book of Ruth: Literary Devices in the Persuasive Speeches of Ruth 1:6-18

Stumbling Words for a Determined Young Lady: Notes on Ruth 2:7b


(More) On the Precative Qatal in Lamentations 3.56-61: Updating the Argument

Elusive Lamentations: What are they About?

Introducing a Re-Reading of Lamentations through the Lens of Trauma Studies: The Challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic

De-Centering Lamentations: A Crisis of Hope, of Memory, and of Continued Presence

Between Text and Sermon: Lamentations 3


From Hebrew to Greek: Verbs in Translation in the Book of Ecclesiastes

Exegetical Implications of the Masoretic Cantillation Marks in Ecclesiastes

The "Fear of God" in the Book of Ecclesiastes

The Hebrew Book of Changes: Reflections on Hakkōl Hebel and Lakkōl Zemān in Ecclesiastes

The Cycle of Life in Ecclesiastes


Mordecai's Dream in Esther - The Greek and Latin Versions, Character and the Tradition of Interpretation

Interpreting Esther from the Inside Out: Hermeneutical Implications of the Chiastic Structure of the Book of Esther

Hapax Legomena in Esther 1.6: Translation Difficulties and Comedy in the Book of Esther

'Who Filled His Heart to Do this?' Conceptual Metaphors of the Self in the Book of Esther

The Cult of Esther: Temple and Priestly Image in the Book of Esther


Daniel, Esther, and the Minority Politics of the Hebrew Bible

Resistance or Compliance: Reading Daniel 1 as a Faux-Hidden Transcript

Textualizing Divination: The Writing on the Wall in Daniel 5:25

The Use of the Perfect in Daniel 7:27

The Vocabulary of Desolation: Intertextual Allusions in Daniel 9:25-27 and the Meaning of Ḥārûṣ


Investigating the Issue of Mixed Marriages in Malachi, Ezra-Nehemiah and the Pentateuch

Discernment and Biblical Spirituality - An Application: Discernment in the Milieu and Wake of Nehemiah 8

Between the Traditional and the Innovative: Ezra-Nehemiah in Current Research

Yahwistic Appropriation of Achaemenid Ideology and the Function of Nehemiah 9 in Ezra-Nehemiah

The Authorship of Ezra and Nehemiah in Light of Differences in their Ideological Background


The Saga of Judah's Kings Continues: The Reception of Chronicles in the Late Second Temple Period

David and Darics: Reconsidering an Anachronism in 1 Chronicles 29

The "God of the Fathers" in Chronicles

A Monument and a Name: The Primary Purpose of Chronicles' Genealogies

Chronicles and Social Memory