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Jehoiachin: not a broken vessel but a humiliated vassal (Jer 22:28–30) (2017)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2017). Jehoiachin: not a broken vessel but a humiliated vassal (Jer 22:28–30). Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 129(2), doi:10.1515/zaw-2017-0014. ISSN 0044-2526

Uncertain terminology, versional differences and the juxtaposition of multiple images for Jehoiachin combine to render Jer 22:28–30 an interpretive quagmire. The article proposes to ameliorate this confusion through the emendation of the first word o... Read More

Made in the image of god: the creation of אדם: the commissioning of the king and the chaoskampf of YHWH (2016)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2016). Made in the image of god: the creation of אדם: the commissioning of the king and the chaoskampf of YHWH. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, 16(1), doi:10.1163/15692124-12341277. ISSN 1569-2116

This article suggests that Genesis 1 and Psalms 8, 18 and 89 reflect a mythological tradition which described the creation of the human king as YHWH’s counterpart in the divine battle against chaos. The residual royal features of the narrative of the... Read More

What makes a thing abominable? Observations on the language of boundaries and identity formation from a social scientific perspective (2015)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2015). What makes a thing abominable? Observations on the language of boundaries and identity formation from a social scientific perspective. Vetus Testamentum, 65(4), doi:10.1163/15685330-12301217. ISSN 0042-4935

Previous attempts to synthesise biblical texts’ usage of tw‘bh have associated the language with cultic concerns in Deuteronomy and Ezekiel or with ethical concerns in Proverbs. The reconciliation of these interests, especially in conjunction with a... Read More

Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and the Nature of Subversion (2014)
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Crouch, C. (2014). Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and the Nature of Subversion. SBL

Crouch focuses on Deuteronomy’s subversive intent, asking what would be required in order for Deuteronomy to successfully subvert either a specific Assyrian source or Assyrian ideology more generally. The book reconsiders the nature of the relationsh... Read More

The making of Israel: cultural diversity in the Southern Levant and the formation of ethnic identity in Deuteronomy (2014)
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Crouch, C. (2014). The making of Israel: cultural diversity in the Southern Levant and the formation of ethnic identity in Deuteronomy. Brill

In The Making of Israel C.L. Crouch presents the southern Levant during the seventh century BCE as a major period for the formation of Israelite ethnic identity, challenging scholarship which dates biblical texts with identity concerns to the exilic... Read More

Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation (2013)
Journal Article
Strine, C., & Crouch, C. (2013). Yhwh's battle against chaos in Ezekiel: the transformation of Judahite mythology for a new situation. Journal of Biblical Literature, 132(4), doi:10.2307/42912472. ISSN 0021-9231

In addressing the theological crisis of the exile, Ezekiel relies on the mythology of the divine king who goes out to battle against the forces of chaos, commonly referred to as the Chaoskampf. This article explores how Ezekiel employs this imagery t... Read More

Ištar and the motif of the cosmological warrior: Assurbanipal’s adaptation of Enuma elish (2013)
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Crouch, C. (2013). Ištar and the motif of the cosmological warrior: Assurbanipal’s adaptation of Enuma elish. In ‘Thus speaks Ishtar of Arbela’: prophecy in Israel, Assyria and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian periodEisenbrauns

Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal are well known to scholars of ancient Near Eastern prophecy, thanks to their affinity for prophecy and the prophetic goddess Ištar in particular, which resulted in the preservation of oracular material in a manner not atte... Read More

The threat to Israel’s identity in Deuteronomy: Mesopotamian or Levantine? (2012)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2012). The threat to Israel’s identity in Deuteronomy: Mesopotamian or Levantine?. Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 124(4), doi:10.1515/zaw-2012-0038. ISSN 0044-2526

Deuteronomy contains a number of indications which locate its interests in the Levant rather than in Mesopotamia. This observation challenges two major theories of the book’s origins: Deuteronomy as pre-exilic attempt to subvert Assyrian imperial pow... Read More

Adapting the cosmological tradition in Isaiah 40-45 (2011)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (in press). Adapting the cosmological tradition in Isaiah 40-45. Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament, 25(2), doi:10.1080/09018328.2011.608544. ISSN 0901-8328

The characterisation of Yahweh as king in Isaiah 40-45 and the use of creation language to reiterate Yahweh's power are well known. This article examines the way in which these themes reflect this text's re-working of pre-exilic theology in order to... Read More

Ezekiel's oracles against the nations in light of a royal ideology of warfare (2011)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2011). Ezekiel's oracles against the nations in light of a royal ideology of warfare. Journal of Biblical Literature, 130(3), doi:10.2307/41304214. ISSN 0021-9231

Over the last few decades a steady stream of scholarship has argued for a mythological background to the oracles against the nations (OANs) in the book of Ezekiel.1 Very few studies, however, have attempted to make overarching sense of Ezekiel’s use... Read More

חטאת as interpolative gloss: a solution to Gen 4,7 (2011)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2011). חטאת as interpolative gloss: a solution to Gen 4,7. Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 123(2), doi:10.1515/ZAW.2011.016. ISSN 0044-2526

This note suggests that Gen 4,7 can be rendered comprehensible by the removal of the term ht't, understanding its appearance as an interpolative gloss, and the interpretation of the remaining rbts as the subject of a nominal clause. This eliminates t... Read More

Genesis 1:26-7 as a statement of humanity’s divine parentage (2010)
Journal Article
Crouch, C. (2010). Genesis 1:26-7 as a statement of humanity’s divine parentage. Journal of Theological Studies, 61(1), doi:10.1093/jts/flp185. ISSN 0022-5185

The linguistic and cultural background of the words tslm and dmwt supports a reading of Gen. 1:26–7 as a statement of humanity’s divine parentage. As such it is intended to evoke the responsibilities of child to parent and of parent to child in the m... Read More