This monograph presents a challenge to the view that the Hebrew Bible contains allusions to Yahweh's battle with chaos, showing how the term has been inappropriately applied in a range of contexts where far more diverse spheres of imagery should instead be recognised. Through the construction of a careful diachronic model (developed with particular reference to the Psalter), the author presents a persuasive case for reversing common assumptions about the development of Israelite religion, finding instead that the combat motif was absent in the earliest period, whilst the slaying of a dragon was attributed to Yahweh only in a distinctive monotheistic adaptation, which arose from around 587 B.C.
I. Introduction Â· II. The Theme of "Chaosâ in the Psalter: The State of the
Question Â· III. Archaic Hebrew Poetry: Psalms 29, 68 and 114 Â· IV. Individual
Laments, Royal Laments and Related Thanksgiving Psalms: Psalms 18, 32, 42-43,
69, 88, 124 and 144 Â· V. Songs Relating to the Protection of Zion: Psalms 93,
24, 46 and 65 Â· VI. National Laments: Psalms 77, 74, 89 (with 87) and 44 Â· VII.
Songs of Universal Praise: Psalms 96, 98, 148 and 135 Â· VIII. The Creation of
"Chaosâ in the Psalter? Psalms 24, 95, 146, 148, 136, 33 and 104 Â· IX. The
Crossing of Yam Suph: Psalms 78, 106 and 136 Â· X. The Theme of "Chaosâ in the
Psalter: Summary of Results Â· XI. The Theme of "Chaosâ in the Wider Old
Testament Â· XII. Conclusion
"Studie [...] mit Intensit t und auf hohem Niveau. Die von Watson gef hrte Auseinandersetzung geschieht materialreich und profund. Die Studie von Watson bildet eine Vorgabe, um die [...] k nftige Exegese und Theologie des Alten Testaments nicht herumkommen werden."Beat Weber in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 4/2007 "This book is recommended for scholars and advanced students interested in the topic of chaos and creation: "John L. Mclaughlin in: Religious Studies Review 4/2006
Revised doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr Paul M. Joyce at the University of Oxford, 2001. Rebecca S. Watson was Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Martin's College Lancaster and Senior Tutor for the Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute, Carlisle, UK before returning to Oxford in 2003.