Amherst College Professor Susan Niditch Publishes New Book on Judges

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

February 14, 2008
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Caroline Jenkins Hanna
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AMHERST, Mass.—Susan Niditch, Samuel Green Professor of Religion at Amherst College, has just published Judges: A Commentary ($45, Westminster John Knox, 2008) as part of The Old Testament Library Series. The book-length commentary is accompanied by the author’s new translation of the biblical book.

Niditch’s commentary on Judges pays careful attention to the traditional-style literary and narrative techniques of the ancient authors. Fresh readings of the book’s difficult passages are paired with explications of the theological impact and enduring significance of these stories—stories of violence, ethnic conflict and gender issues. The Old Testament Library Series seeks to publish new and authoritative texts and treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study. Its judicious commentaries explain in an accessible way the most significant historical, linguistic, literary and theological features of these biblical texts.

The author of many books, including War and the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israelite Religion, Niditch regularly teaches courses on the Bible, early Judaism, folklore and popular religion and women in Judaism. Her book My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man: Hair and Identity in Ancient Israel will be published in the coming weeks by Oxford University Press.

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