Hayes: Interpreting Ancient Israelite history, prophecy, and law.
HAYES, John Haralson
Interpreting Ancient Israelite history, prophecy, and law; edited by Brad E Kelle.
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co Ltd, 2017.
This volume collects ten of Hayes’s essays written between 1968-1995. The collection is edited by Brad Kelle, one of his former students. The essays reveal Hayes’s thinking on numerous Hebrew Bible topics and thus offer a useful view on mid- to late-twentieth century biblical scholarship (Hayes died in 2013). The first two essays are historiographical and consider the study of Israelite history and the contributions of Julius Wellhausen respectively. The final eight essays offer Hayes’s contributions on topics such as the fall of Samaria, prophecy and oracles, restitution, covenant, and the Twelve Tribes. John Hayes’s scholarship is known for challenging consensus views in Hebrew Bible scholarship and this volume, collecting as it does some of his most important essays, will be of interest to students of the Bible. It will probably be of less interest to general readers.
Ronan McLaverty-Head, The King’s School, Worcester