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Robert D. Miller

Robert Miller holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the University of Michigan, and is currently Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Catholic University of America. His is the author of Chieftains of the Highland Clans (2005), Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium (2008), and Oral Tradition in Ancient Israel (2011).

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Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament

Assyrian Propaganda and Israelite Faith
ISBN: 978-1-60724-015-0
This book examines the Old Testament language about Israel’s relationship with God in the light of Assyrian royal propaganda. Unpacking this language’s meaning in both Assyrian and biblical contexts, it shows Israel borrowed language from Assyrian vassal treaties to describe its covenant with God, and this book reveals what “covenant” meant, and that it is not “covenant” at all, but “grace.” The broader theological implications of this discovery are explored in dialogue with contemporary theologians. The book takes seriously the study of text in its ancient context in order to highlight the theological content and its modern relevance.

Syriac and Antiochian Exegesis and Biblical Theology for the 3rd Millennium

ISBN: 978-1-59333-487-1
The observation that scholarly work on the Bible is of little use to theologians is the starting premise for this volume. As a possible solution to this impasse, the contributors explore the potential insights provided by a distinct tradition of biblical interpretation that has its roots in both the patristic School of Antioch and in the Syriac Fathers, such as Ephrem and Jacob of Sarug, and which has survived and developed in the Churches of the Antiochene Patrimony, such as the Maronite and Syriac.