New book by seminary professor explores Hebrew language, O.T.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor and Hebrew scholar Mark Rooker has written a new book that explores the complexities and beauty of ancient Hebrew and the Old Testament.

The book, "Studies in Hebrew Language, Intertextuality, and Theology," was published by Edwin Mellen Press of Lewiston, N.Y. As its title suggests, the book is broken up into three sections that examine different facets of Biblical scholarship.

The book is actually a compilation of various articles that Rooker has written for journals and other volumes through the years. He said it is a joy to see so many of his different writings in an anthology of sorts.

"I didn't set out to write (these articles) as a book," Rooker said. "I am pleased with this."

The book covers a wide range of topics from Hebrew linguistics to various theological viewpoints of the creation narrative in Genesis 1. Rooker also touches on intertextuality, the field of study that looks at books of the Bible in relation to each other.

The book was heartily endorsed by Hebrew and Judaism scholar Michael Fishbane of the University of Chicago.

"Scholars and students from various backgrounds will read (Rooker's) remarks on the historical nature of Hebrew with profit, especially his perspectives on the re-use of themes and topics within the canon," Fishbane said. "Rooker engages his subjects with lucidity and often boldly rethinks a number of accepted opinions."

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