A Teacher for All Generations

Author: Eric F. Mason
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004224087
Release Date: 2011-10-14
Genre: Religion

These essays honor James C. VanderKam on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and twentieth year on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. Essays from an international group of scholars address various topics in Second Temple Judaism and biblical studies.

Jesus and the Impurity of Spirits in the Synoptic Gospels

Author: Clinton Wahlen
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161483871
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

In this study, Clinton Wahlen sheds light on Jewish and early Christian reflections on spirits and demons and explores the relation between Judaism and early Christianity in the first century.

Qumran Cave 4

Author: George Brooke
ISBN: 0198269366
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Apocryphal books (Old Testament)

The Cave 4 Apocryphon of Jeremiah and the Qumran Jeremianic Traditions

Author: Kipp Davis
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004278448
Release Date: 2014-10-22
Genre: Religion

A careful reconsideration of the Apocryphon of Jeremiah C from Qumran and the Jeremianic traditions in the Qumran literature reveals the importance of Jeremiah's prophetic persona for the construction of community identity in periods of crisis.

The Parabiblical Texts

Author: Daniel K. Falk
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780567519887
Release Date: 2007-05-03
Genre: Religion

This book introduces the reader to a fascinating genre of writings that retell biblical narratives in various ways. They reflect the concerns and methods of early Jewish interpreters of Scripture. Daniel Falk surveys the content and major scholarly issues of three key examples: Genesis Apocryphon (1QapGen), Reworked Pentateuch (4Q158, 364-5), and Commentary to Genesis (4Q252-4). Particular attention is paid to exploring why and how the authors interpret the Scriptural text in their distinctive ways. The book traces continuity and discontinuity with other Jewish and Christian traditions, and reflects on the significance of these texts for the status of Scripture and the boundary between Scripture and interpretation. Drawing on the latest research and reconstructions of the texts, and with extensive bibliographies, this is an authoritative guide for the student or the non-specialist scholar.

Christ Among the Messiahs

Author: Matthew V. Novenson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199844586
Release Date: 2012-04-17
Genre: Religion

Recent scholarship on ancient Judaism, finding only scattered references to messiahs in Hellenistic- and Roman-period texts, has generally concluded that the word ''messiah'' did not mean anything determinate in antiquity. Meanwhile, interpreters of Paul, faced with his several hundred uses of the Greek word for ''messiah,'' have concluded that christos in Paul does not bear its conventional sense. Against this curious consensus, Matthew V. Novenson argues in Christ among the Messiahs that all contemporary uses of such language, Paul's included, must be taken as evidence for its range of meaning. In other words, early Jewish messiah language is the kind of thing of which Paul's Christ language is an example. Looking at the modern problem of Christ and Paul, Novenson shows how the scholarly discussion of christos in Paul has often been a cipher for other, more urgent interpretive disputes. He then traces the rise and fall of ''the messianic idea'' in Jewish studies and gives an alternative account of early Jewish messiah language: the convention worked because there existed both an accessible pool of linguistic resources and a community of competent language users. Whereas it is commonly objected that the normal rules for understanding christos do not apply in the case of Paul since he uses the word as a name rather than a title, Novenson shows that christos in Paul is neither a name nor a title but rather a Greek honorific, like Epiphanes or Augustus. Focusing on several set phrases that have been taken as evidence that Paul either did or did not use christos in its conventional sense, Novenson concludes that the question cannot be settled at the level of formal grammar. Examining nine passages in which Paul comments on how he means the word christos, Novenson shows that they do all that we normally expect any text to do to count as a messiah text. Contrary to much recent research, he argues that Christ language in Paul is itself primary evidence for messiah language in ancient Judaism.


ISBN: IND:30000107290706
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Armenia (Republic)

For a Later Generation

Author: Randal A. Argall
Publisher: Trinity PressIntl
ISBN: UOM:39015049559530
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Religion

Twenty-seven scholars gather to honor George Nickelsburg in this collection of essays that uses his methods to examine the reuse or reinterpretation of authoritative tradition in early Judaism and Christianity.