This study analyzes mythic narratives, found in the 8th century midrashic text Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer (PRE), that were excluded, or ‘repressed’, from the rabbinic canon, while preserved in the Pseudepigrapha of the Second Temple period. Examples include the role of the Samael (i.e. Satan) in the Garden of Eden, the myth of the Fallen Angels, Elijah as zealot, and Jonah as a Messianic figure. The questions are why these exegetical traditions were excluded, in what context did they resurface, and how did the author have access to these apocryphal texts. The book addresses the assumptions that underlie classic rabbinic literature and later breaches of that exegetical tradition in PRE, while engaging in a study of the genre, dating, and status of PRE as apocalyptic eschatology.
The Return of the Repressed
Edited by Bernd U. Schipper, Humboldt University and D. Andrew Teeter, Harvard Divinity School
Taking the concepts of wisdom and Torah in the book of Deuteronomy as a point of departure, the essays of the present collection examines the relationship between wisdom and Torah in Wisdom literature of the Second Temple period.
Florentino García Martínez, KU Leuven and University of Groningen. Edited by Hindy Najman, Yale University and Eibert Tigchelaar KU Leuven
Florentino García Martínez illuminates the nexus between philology and theology. The essays engage ancient Jewish texts such as Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jubilees, 4 Ezra and the Targumim, and focus on how ancient Jewish writers interpreted and transformed biblical traditions and how these ...
Jacques T.A.G.M van Ruiten, University of Groningen
In Abraham in the Book of Jubilees Jacques van Ruiten offers a systematic analysis of one of the most important and extensive Second Temple Jewish treatments of the figure of Abraham (Jub. 11:14-23:8).
Ishay Rosen–Zvi, Tel Aviv University
Combining philological, anthropological and cultural tools, this study sheds new light on issues of rabbinic gender economy and sexual morality, and contributes to the nascent scholarship on the formation of the temple in the Mishnah.
Stéphane Saulnier, Newman Theological College
From a consideration of previously known and from newly identified calendrical polemics, this book offers new perspectives on internal tensions within Second Temple Judaism and their possible impact on the long standing debate about the day of the last supper.
Edited by Akio Moriya Tokyo Woman's Christian University and Gohei Hata Tama Art University, Tokyo
This volume consists of collected essays, which was first read at the International Workshop on the Study of the Pentateuch with Special Emphasis on Textual Transmission History in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods held August 28-31, 2007 in Tokyo.
Edited by Andrés Piquer Otero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid & Pablo A. Torijano Morales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
This collection of papers to honour Julio Trebolle Barrera presents a selection of studies on different aspects of the text of the Bible (including the Septuagint) and the Dead Sea Scrolls, produced by leading scholars in the field.
James L. Kugel
An extensive commentary on the Book of Jubilees, followed by a series of chapters exploring the possibility that the book had more than one author, as well as its relationship to the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi Document, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria.
Edited by Benedikt Eckhardt
Based on an interdisciplinary conference held in Münster, this volume discusses the interrelation between political change and Jewish identity in the three centuries between the Maccabean and the Bar Kokhba revolt (168 BCE – 135 CE).
This volume brings together different disciplines, some for the first time, The contrubutions reflect on a wide range of literary, archaeological, documentary, epigraphic and numismatic sources and their bearing on the historical context of the Jewish revolt against Rome and on our own ...
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