Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
JETS 58:2 (June 2015) p. 367
Hidden Riches: A Sourcebook for the Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. By Christopher B. Hays. Louisville: Westminster John Knox,
Christopher B. Hays created Hidden Riches in order to help make “intelligent comparison between biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts possible” (p.
The primary purpose of the book is to introduce the student to the interpretive value of the comparative method. Consequently, the book focuses on selected texts from all parts of the OT along with the corresponding ANE data (p.
The structure and organization of the textbook is designed to achieve its primary purpose and specific goals. Twenty-seven chapters are divided into five major parts. Part 1, the Prolegomena, contains two chapters, an Introduction (pp. 3-13) and an essay entitled “History and Methods of Comparative Study” (pp. 15-38). The introduction contains a rationale for the work and a general bibliography. (Future editions should expand this bibliography.) It also explains the purpose of the book and the design of the chapters. The second chapter provides a brief excursus on the historical development of the comparative study of the Bible and the ANE. This includes an account of early comparative scholarship, a brief review o...
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