Hebrew Bible

Abraham

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In this discursive commentary Joseph Blenkinsopp explores the story of Abraham -- iconic ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- as told in Genesis 11-25. Presented in continuous discussion rather than in verse-by-verse form, Blenkinsopp s commentary focuses on the literary and theological artistry of the narrative as a whole.
Blenkinsopp discussses a range of issues raised in the Abraham saga, including confirmation of God s promises, Isaac s sacrifice and the death of Jesus, and Abraham s other beloved son, Ishmael. Each chapter has a section called Filling in the Gaps, which probes some of the vast amount of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic commentary that the basic Genesis text has generated through the ages.
In an epilogue Blenkinsopp looks at Abraham in early Christianity and expresses his own views, as a Christian, on Abraham. Readers of Blenkinsopp s "Abraham: The Story of a Life" will surely come away with a deeper, richer understanding of this seminal ancient figure."
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9780802872876
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2015-07-08

Abraham: Sign of Hope for Jews, Christians and Muslims

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"Scholarly, but understandable for the educated lay reader as well as the specialist..". -- Library Journal

"A thorough and enlightening discussion, a collection of hope-filled possibilities". -- Booklist

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9780826408082
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1995-07-01
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Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy

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The latter part of the fifteenth century BC saw Egypt's political power reach its zenith, with an empire that stretched from beyond the Euphrates in the north to much of what is now Sudan in the south. The wealth that flowed into Egypt allowed its kings to commission some of the most stupendous temples of all time, some of the greatest dedicated to Amun-Re, King of the Gods. Yet a century later these temples lay derelict, the god's images, names, and titles all erased in an orgy of iconoclasm by Akhenaten, the devotee of a single sun-god. This book traces the history of Egypt from the death of the great warrior-king Thutmose III to the high point of Akhenaten's reign, when the known world brought gifts to his newly-built capital city of Amarna, in particular looking at the way in which the cult of the sun became increasingly important to even 'orthodox' kings, culminating in the transformation of Akhenaten's father, Amenhotep III, into a solar deity in his own right.
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9789774167744
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2016-12-16

Ancient Near East, Volume 1: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures

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The Description for this book, Ancient Near East, Volume 1: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures, will be forthcoming.

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9780691002002
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1965-01-31

Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures

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James Pritchard's classic anthologies of the ancient Near East have introduced generations of readers to texts essential for understanding the peoples and cultures of this important region. Now these two enduring works have been combined and integrated into one convenient and richly illustrated volume, with a new foreword that puts the translations in context.

With more than 130 reading selections and 300 photographs of ancient art, architecture, and artifacts, this volume provides a stimulating introduction to some of the most significant and widely studied texts of the ancient Near East, including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Creation Epic (Enuma elish), the Code of Hammurabi, and the Baal Cycle. For students of history, religion, the Bible, archaeology, and anthropology, this anthology provides a wealth of material for understanding the ancient Near East. Represents the diverse cultures and languages of the ancient Near East--Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Canaanite, and Aramaic--in a wide range of genres:
Historical texts Legal texts and treaties Inscriptions Hymns Didactic and wisdom literature Oracles and prophecies Love poetry and other literary texts Letters New foreword puts the classic translations in context More than 300 photographs document ancient art, architecture, and artifacts related to the texts Fully indexed

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9780691147260
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2010-11-01

Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible: A Guide to the Background Literature

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Sparks (biblical studies, Eastern U., Pennsylvania) provides readers of the Hebrew Bible an overview and introduction to the comparative Near Eastern literature, encompassing Syrian-Palestinian, Mesopotamia, Egyptian, Anatolian, Persian, Urgartic, West Semitic, Hittite, Phoenician, Accadian, and other literature. Among the genres he considers are w
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9781565634077
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2005-08-01
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Are We Not Men?: Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets

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Are We Not Men? offers an innovative approach to gender and embodiment in the Hebrew Bible, revealing the male body as a source of persistent difficulty for the Hebrew prophets. Drawing together key moments in prophetic embodiment, Graybill demonstrates that the prophetic body is a queer body, and its very instability makes possible new understandings of biblical masculinity. Prophecy disrupts the performance of masculinity and demands new ways of inhabiting the body and negotiating gender.
Graybill explores prophetic masculinity through critical readings of a number of prophetic bodies, including Isaiah, Moses, Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In addition to close readings of the biblical texts, this account engages with modern intertexts drawn from philosophy, psychoanalysis, and horror films: Isaiah meets the poetry of Anne Carson; Hosea is seen through the lens of possession films and feminist film theory; Jeremiah intersects with psychoanalytic discourses of hysteria; and Ezekiel encounters Daniel Paul Schreber's Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Graybill also offers a careful analysis of the body of Moses. Her methods highlight unexpected features of the biblical texts, and illuminate the peculiar intersections of masculinity, prophecy, and the body in and beyond the Hebrew Bible. This assembly of prophets, bodies, and readings makes clear that attending to prophecy and to prophetic masculinity is an important task for queer reading. Biblical prophecy engenders new forms of masculinity and embodiment; Are We Not Men?offers a valuable map of this still-uncharted terrain.
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9780190227364
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2016-12-25

Art of Biblical Narrative, revised and updated

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Since it was first published nearly three decades ago, The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter presents the Hebrew Bible as a cohesive literary work, one whose many authors used innovative devices such as parallelism, contrastive dialogue, and narrative tempo to tell one of the most revolutionary stories of human history: the revelation of a single god.
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9780465022557
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2011-04-26
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At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job

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In this remarkable rereading of the biblical book of Job often discussed as an attempt to justify the ways of God to man J.Gerald Janzen brings new light to Job s story, showing how God invites Job to give up the traditional logic of reward-punishment for a life-affirming strategy of risk-reward. From this perspective, affirmation of life in the face of all its vulnerabilities is the path to true participation in the mystery of existence. / At the Scent of Water traces Job s journey from prosperity, through calamity and bitter anguish, to an encounter with God s presence in a rainstorm that renews the earth and his own appetite for life. / Janzen includes a candid epilogue on his own struggle with aggressive prostate cancer, which enabled him to connect personally with Job and to find a fresh and illuminating grace. At the Scent of Water will especially resonate with any readers who have experienced grief or suffering."
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9780802848291
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2009-08-01

Battered Love: Overtures to Biblical Theology

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Weems's pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets' portrayals of divine love, compassion, and conventional commitment often became associated with battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of women. She wrestles with the prophets' rhetoric and sexual metaphors to uncover Israelite social structures, asking, "What is implied about women, men, and God by the language that the prophets use to describe the covenant between Yahweh and Israel?" This provocative work by a leading African American biblical scholar delves deeply into issues of intimacy and power, violence and control, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial points of Israelite religion-its covenantal and prophetic traditions-and their authority today.
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9780800629489
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1995-10-31

Benchmarks in Time and Culture

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An introduction to the history and methodology of Syro-Palestinian archaeology. These essays in honor of Joseph A Callaway, one of the fathers of Biblical Archaeology, whose rigorous methodology laid the foundations of a Near Eastern archaeology concerned with more than merely supporting Biblical stories.
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9781555401733
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1998-11-30

Bible Unearthed

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In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors.
In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors. They argue that crucial evidence (or a telling lack of evidence) at digs in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible the wanderings of the patriarchs, the Exodus from Egypt, Joshua s conquest of Canaan, and David and Solomon s vast empire reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts.
Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, "The Bible Unearthed" offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today."
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9780684869131
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2002-06-01
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Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence

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Using the biblical flood as an example, Young contends that the church has not always handled evidence well in grappling with scientific matters and issues a call to biblical scholars to interpret the Genesis text more rigorously in light of current scientific knowledge.
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9780802807199
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1995-11-30

Biblical Women Unbound

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Examines the lives of and fills in missing chapters in the stories of Old Testament women, including Hagar, Esther, Rachel and Leah, Miriam, Tamar, and Deborah.
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9780827605800
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2008-12-31

Birth of God: The Bible and the Historian

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For many people today, the Hebrew Bible is the one supreme channel through which the Word of God was transmitted to humanity. In The Birth of God, Jean Bottero, one of the world s leading figures in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, approaches the Bible from a different perspective. He sees in it an astounding variety of documents that reveal much of their time of origin, historical events, and climates of thought. Therefore, we owe to the Bible at least the same respect we give to Homer, Shakespeare, and other classics of world literature. The Birth of God addresses questions that "educated people" usually avoid when the topic of the Bible comes up: What is the Bible if we consider it a historical document? Bottero is fully aware of the special place the Bible has in the circles of many faithful Jews and Christians, but he focuses on the need for an understanding of Israel as a major root of our entire Western tradition. With grace and insight, he brings out the extraordinary originality of Israel s questions and ideas, many of which have shaped our thinking ever since. In Bottero s hands, Moses, Job, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and other familiar figures take on real life and present to us thoughts we might never have associated with the Bible. He also treats such topics as the origins of the world according to the Bible and original sin. In one remarkable chapter, Bottero offers a new translation of Ecclesiastes, which casts this biblical book in an entirely new light. Bottero is a scholar of rare abilities. Internationally respected for his work as a philologist, literary critic, and historian, he is also adept at writing for a popular audience. The Birth of God has been widely read in France, where it was first published in 1986. With this expert translation, English-speaking readers can now enjoy the book for the first time. Upon reading it, many a reader is likely to reflect: "Whenever I have said God, in whatever tone of voice, could I ever have meant anyone else than the God of the Bible?""

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9780271020617
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2003-03-31
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Book Called Isaiah: Deutero-Isaiah's Role in Composition and Redaction

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This book represents a highly original, major new contribution to one of the most important and hotly contested issues concerning the book of Isaiah: who wrote it. The author's provocative and important conclusions point to the key role from beginning to end of the so-called "Deutero-Isaiah," hitherto believed to have been merely the author of chapters 40-50. Williamson's book, based on a more rigorous methodology than ever before attempted, sheds much new light on many passages of Isaiah, and is certain to have significant influence on all future work on the subject.
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9780199281077
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2005-05-01
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Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations

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From the simple and beautiful language of the prose tale, to the verbal fireworks of the dialogue between Job and his friends, to the haunting beauty of the poem on wisdom and the sublime poetics of the divine speeches, this book provides an intense encounter with the aesthetic resources of Hebrew verbal art. In this brilliant new study, Carol Newsom illuminates the relation between the aesthetic forms of the book and the claims made by its various characters. Her innovative approach makes possible a new understanding of the unity of the book of Job; she rejects the dismantling of the book by historical criticism and the flattening of the text that characterizes certain final form readings.
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9780195396287
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2009-06-01

Book of Psalms: Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew

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Psalm 93God acts within every momentand creates the world with each breath.He speaks from the center of the universe, in the silence beyond all though.Mighter than the crash of a thunderstorm, mighter than the roar of the sea, is God's voice silently speakingin the depths of the listening heart.
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9780060924706
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1994-03-31
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Book of the Torah: The Narrative Integrity of the Pentateuch

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An insightful introduction to the pentateuchal narrative, "The Book of the Torah" applies trends in narratology from biblical studies, systematic theology, ethics, and hermeneutics to the study of these books. Thomas Mann presents a comprehensive interpretation of the Pentateuch as a whole rather than focusing on its composite parts. While recognizing the presence of various literary sources, he emphasizes the literary and theological coherence of larger units within each of the traditional "books," discusses the ways the books are interrelated, and explores the meaning of the first five books of the Bible as part of the complete document we call the "Torah."

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9780804200851
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1987-12-31
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Brief History of Ancient Israel

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A CONCISE HISTORY OF ISRAEL COVERING THE ANCESTRAL PERIOD, CONQUEST AND SETTLEMENT, THE MONARCHY, AND BOTH THE EXILIC AND POSTEXILIC PERIODS. WITH AN ACCESSIBLE YET HIGH-QUALITY INTRODUCTION, A BRIEF HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL WILL BE OF IMMENSE VALUE TO BOTH STUDENTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE SCHOLARS WHO TEACH THEM.
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9780664224363
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2009-07-01

Challenging Prophetic Metaphor: Theology and Ideology in the Prophets

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The prophets of the Old Testament use a wide variety of metaphors to describe God and to portray people in relation to God. Some of these metaphors are familiar and soothing; others are unfamiliar and confusing. Still others portray God in ways that are difficult and uncomfortable--God as abusive husband, for instance, or as neglectful father. Julia O'Brien searches the prophetic books for these metaphors, looking for ways in which the different images intersect and build off each other. When confronted with disturbing metaphors, she deals with them unflinchingly, providing a sharp critique and evaluation of the interpretations of these metaphors for God. Giving particular attention to the possible uses of these metaphors in the church today--for good or ill--O'Brien listens to the fullness of the prophetic messages and points us toward new ways to read these theological metaphors for a just faith today.

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9780664229641
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2008-10-01

CHIEFTAINS OF THE HIGHLAND CLANS: A HISTORY OF ISRAEL INTHE TWELFTH & ELEVENTH C

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An illuminating social history of ancient Israel, Chieftains of the Highland Clans offers an unusually thorough and original reconstruction of Israelite society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Using the latest archaeological research and anthropological theories, Robert Miller presents an intriguing picture of what life was like in early Israel. Ethnographic evidence from diverse cultures suggests the "complex chiefdom" model as the most appropriate for the archaeology of twelfth- and eleventh-century highland Palestine. This model details the economic and political realities of prestate societies with ascribed rank and hierarchical political control. As he applies and fine-tunes the complex chiefdom model, Miller illustrates areas of potential correspondence and contradiction between his reconstruction and the biblical text. Students of archaeology, Palestine, and the Hebrew Bible will not want to miss Miller's fresh and fascinating conclusions about the sociopolitical nature of early Israel.
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9780802809889
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2005-05-01

COMPOSTITION OF THE NARRATIVE BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

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Explaining their sources and the nature of their composition, Reinhard Kratz provides an introduction to the narrative books of the Old Testament (Genesis to Nehemiah). He seeks to do this as far as possible without presupposing any hypotheses and on the basis of a few undisputed basic assumptions: a distinction between Priestly and non-Priestly text in the Pentateuch, the special position of Deuteronomy, a Deuteronomistic revision of Joshua-2 Kings, and the literary use of the books of Samuel and Kings by Chronicles. Any further distinctions are based on observations of the text which are well established and not on literary-critical or redaction-critical distinctions. Kratz argues that what is important is how the text is read.This is the first study of its kind since Martin NothAEs classic studies of thePentateuch and Deuteronomic history. It will be an invaluable resource for allscholars and students in the field."

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9780567089212
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2007-02-28
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Contours of Old Testament Theology

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Anderson takes a fresh look at the theology of the Old Testament. He forges new ground and provides us with creative new insights on all the major sections of the Old Testament.
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9780800698348
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2011-02-28

Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah

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The God of Second Isaiah, the Holy One of Israel, is increasingly foreign to modern Anglicans, who are often uncomfortable with the uncanny, fiery side of God. Unfortunately, this may leave Anglicans frustrated both with God s non-rational ways and with morality-centered Christianity.

The new research behind this book reveals Second Isaiah as priestly temple literature, expert at the Holy and its coming dawn on earth. Second Isaiah highlights priestly themes and quotes the temple texts to help readers approach that which is utterly mysterious. To study this material is to rediscover the overwhelming, absolute worth of God. "

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9780819221490
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2008-09-01
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