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Barr, James 1924-2006

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Works: 122 works in 696 publications in 9 languages and 15,935 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Controversial literature  History  Commentaries  Terminology  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Editor, Creator, Translator, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: BS540, 220.6
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Fundamentalism by James Barr( Book )

39 editions published between 1977 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Barr has never been an uncontroversial writer, and this book, eirenic though its purpose was, has proved no exception. It was widely noticed on its first appearance and led to a lively discussion, not least in evangelical circles. At the same time it was welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the nature of biblical criticism. `This books breaks much new ground, ` said British Book News, `and will be welcomed by many who are interested in the intellectual basis of a biblical faith. Indeed, it is a measure of the author`s coverage and penetration of a variety of issues that the book can be taken as, among other things, a useful introduction to modern critical methods of biblical scholarship.` The Scottish Journal of Theology remarked: `One of the most urgent theological tasks in the field of biblical studies is to expose and evaluate the hidden presuppositions of the methods used, and this is necessary alike in liberal and conservative circles. Professor Barr`s book is an important contribution to this task, and it is to be hoped that response to it will further clarify the issues that he raises.` Not all the responses were in fact favourable. Professor Barr was accused of having an outdated view of fundamentalism, of attacking positions which are being quite rapidly abandoned, and neglecting promising new developments. In this second edition of his book, he has added a long prteface discussing these criticisms at length. Noting and commenting on the new developments, at the same time he points out that if anything, in many areas fundamentalism is becoming even more regressive. The debate is obviously by no means over, and critics of the first edition may well have to think again. James Barr`s sequel to this study, Escapting from Fundamentalism, is also published by SCM Press. James Barr was Professor of Hebre Bible at Vanderbilt Divinity School
The semantics of Biblical language by James Barr( Book )

102 editions published between 1961 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is a main concern of both scholarship and theology that the Bible should be soundly and adequately interpreted. In recent years I have come to believe that one of the greatest dangers to such sound and adequate interpretation comes from the prevailing use of procedures which, while claiming to rest upon a knowledge of the Israelite and the Greek ways of thinking, constantly mishandle and distort the linguistic evidence of the Hebrew and Greek languages as they are used in the Bible. The fact that these procedures have never to my knowledge been collected, analyzed and criticized in detail was the chief stimulus to my undertaking of this task myself. - Preface
The Bible in the modern world by James Barr( Book )

35 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in English and Indonesian and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scope and authority of the Bible by James Barr( Book )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2002 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biblical words for time by James Barr( Book )

38 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparative philology and the text of the Old Testament by James Barr( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent old testament studies, increasing reliance has been placed upon the resources of languages other than Hebrew itself--Arabic, Aramaic, Accadian, and Ugaritic. Scholars have used these languages as a source from which the meaning of unusual Hebrew words might be deducted. Professor Barr discusses the principles involved in this process. He considers such questions as the degree of coincidence in the vocabularies of cognate languages, the extent of homonymy in Hebrew, and the value of the ancient translations. This is the first book to be fully devoted to the subject"--Jacket
Holy Scripture : canon, authority, criticism by James Barr( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biblical faith and natural theology : the Gifford lectures for 1991, delivered in the University of Edinburgh by James Barr( Book )

32 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do people know about God just by being human beings, or do they need special divine assistance, through the Bible and the church, before they can know anything about God? This book examines what the Bible itself says on the question, and considers its impact on our religious ideas
Beyond fundamentalism by James Barr( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concept of biblical theology : an Old Testament perspective by James Barr( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is descended from the Cadbury Lectures, delivered in the University of Birmingham as long ago as 1968. My early volume Old and New in Interpretation (1966) remains the basis of the vision now presented. The work in its present form is written as a sort of textbook, though the book has been expanded to contain much more material than one could cover in a single course of the normal kind. The work is a discussion of the whole idea of biblical theology, its possibilities and its prospects. It is neither a survey nor a history, though it includes some elements of both of these. If there is any one theme that runs through this work, it is the contested character of biblical theology, as it has been in this century. - Preface
The Garden of Eden and the hope of immortality by James Barr( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and French and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents a novel reading of the story of the Garden of Eden, not as a tale of the origins of sin and death, but as a tale of a chance of immortality, briefly accessible to humanity, but quickly lost. This new interpretation is both striking and compelling. Central to the book is its stress on the role and prevalence of the idea of immortality, commonly thought to be a later Greek and unbiblical import into Christian thinking. Reflection on immortality also leads to a reconsideration of ideas about death in the Hebrew Bible; about Sheol, the Hebrew underworld; and about the soul. The author brings out the importance of time for the Hebrew Bible and the concepts of length of days, showing that the threat is not death as such, but the manner and time of death. His study of chronology leads to a reconsideration of the story of Noah's ark, and he suggests that we view resurrection and immorality as complementary, rather than conflicting, ideas
History and ideology in the Old Testament : biblical studies at the end of a millennium by James Barr( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The end of the millennium sees biblical study in a state of transition. The traditional position of historical approaches is widely questioned and 'historical criticism' is regarded as passe. There is a search for approaches, literary or sociological, that are less tied to history. On the other hand there is a more radical approach to the history of Israel that sees true history as distinct from the biblical narrative and dependent on sources other that the Bible."--Jacket
Old and new in interpretation : a study of the two Testaments by James Barr( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1982 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Old and new in interpretation : a study of the two Testaments by James Barr( Book )

23 editions published between 1964 and 1982 in English and German and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and meaning, studies in Hebrew language and biblical exegesis : papers read at the Joint British-Dutch Old Testament Conference held at London, 1973 by Joint British-Dutch Old Testament Conference( Book )

13 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Etymology must somehow have some value for the understanding of biblical language, and I myself had granted this. If etymological study, then, is not to be totally rejected, we should try to say something more precise about its value and demarcate more exactly the line that separates its proper use from its misuse. We may begin, then, by summarizing three general reasons which appear to favour the continuing importance of etymology: a. It is not in dispute that etymology is in principle a valid form of study and that it can furnish valuable insights into the history and the background of words. b. Etymology is particularly important for the identification and elucidation of rare words and hapax legomena. The Hebrew Bible has many such reare words, and thes can often be elucidated only through comparison with words in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Arabic and other congnate languages; this was expressly admitted by me in Semantics. c. Etymology is not something confined to the modern world. On the contrary, the etymological consciousness was already very strong in ancient world, and notably so in the milieu of the Bible, of early Judaism and of early Christianity."--Etymology and the Old Testament / James Barr
The variable spellings of the Hebrew Bible by James Barr( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language, theology, and the Bible : essays in honour of James Barr( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Escaping from fundamentalism by James Barr( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The typology of literalism in ancient biblical translations by James Barr( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and German and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Semitic lexicography by James Barr( Book )

13 editions published in 1973 in English and Italian and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Biblical faith and natural theology : the Gifford lectures for 1991, delivered in the University of Edinburgh
Alternative Names
Barr, J.

Barr, J. 1924-2006

Barr, J. (James)

Barr, J. (James), 1924-2006

Barr, James 1924-

James Barr British bible scholar

James Barr Brits taalkundige (1924-2006)

James Barr schottischer Philologe, presbyterianischer Pfarrer, Hebraist und Alttestamentler

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The semantics of Biblical languageThe Bible in the modern worldThe scope and authority of the BibleComparative philology and the text of the Old TestamentHoly Scripture : canon, authority, criticismBiblical faith and natural theology : the Gifford lectures for 1991, delivered in the University of EdinburghThe concept of biblical theology : an Old Testament perspectiveHistory and ideology in the Old Testament : biblical studies at the end of a millennium