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By Roland Boer

Norman Gottwald's enormous "The Tribes of Yahweh" raised instant curiosity while first released in 1979, and its effect has persisted to be felt, either within the sector of biblical politics and within the program of sociological how to the Hebrew Bible. This e-book, following the reprint, displays at the impression and the consequences of the paintings after two decades. The individuals are David Jobling, Frank Frick, Charles Carter, Carol Meyers, Jacques Berlinerblau, Itumeleng Mosala, Gerald West, Roland Boer and, in a reaction to participants in addition to an interview with the editor, Norman Gottwald himself.

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E. their modes of investigation, production, and dissemination, have been transformed in this quarter century' (1999: 17). To list but a few examples of this remarkable transformation: Semeia, the experimental journal that has fostered new modes of interpretation, was launched in 1974. Scholars Press also began in 1974. The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament began publication in Sheffield University's Department of Biblical Studies in 1976. A significant spinoff of the JSOT Press for social world studies was Almond Press, founded in 1979 by David Gunn with 24 Tracking The Tribes of Yahweh a monograph series that became a principal forum for published scholarship begun in the SBL program units referred to above.

At one end of the spectrum are those who insist that the Bible is literally accurate in all historical details. At the other end are those who view the overall value of the Bible as a historical source with great skepticism. Most biblical scholars fall somewhere between the two extremes, but the skeptics' voices in recent years have been loud enough that they have generated some heated response from some who hold the middle ground or are closer to the other end of the spectrum (1999: 7). Wherever one places oneself in this spectrum, social world studies have, I think, helped to make all biblical scholars more aware of the fact that FRICK 'Second Wave' Social-Scientific Criticism 29 history is a social construct.

Worse, since high prices meant sinking sales and fewer new titles, younger scholars had fewer publishing opportunities. A downward spiral threatened scholarly discourse itself... SCHOLARS PRESS has attempted to reverse that spiral by letting scholars do for themselves that which they once hired others to do for them (as quoted by Flanagan 1999: 18 n. 2). C. (before computers)—that enabled new work to become available rapidly and inexpensively, thanks to the ability of scholars to produce camera-ready copy (even with IBM electric typewriters).

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