Review: The Twice-Told Tale

John Kight on one of Carta Jerusalem’s newest releases: The Twice-Told Tale!

The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bible by Abba Bendavid is an excellent and trustworthy resource.”

34640459The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bibleis an English rendition of Abba Bendavid’s infamous work Parallels in the Bible—a collation of parallel accounts from the Hebrew Bible. Bendavid is an accomplished Hebraist and respected linguist, and author of Biblical Hebrew and Mishnaic Hebrew (Tel Aviv, 1967).

The Twice-Told Tale begins with an introduction by Mordechai Cogan. Cogan is professor emeritus of Biblical History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of numerous books, including The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel (2nd edition; Carta, 2016). Cogan is also the editor to the present volume, and the introduction, though brief, provides a rationale for the choices therein.

There is much to be celebrated about this volume. For starters, it is both comprehensible and exhaustive. The reader is able to easily find the desired text and analyze the various parallels which mark the…

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