Synopses & Reviews
Scholars of religion look at early Judaism and Christianity withinthe broader contests of Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman cultures that flourished for the thousand years between Alexander the Greatand the rise of Islam. Focusing on early Jewish texts and traditions and their reception in Christianity and Judaism, they consider suchtopics as Iron Age heroes and Enochic giants, compositional technique in the Temple Scroll: creative interpretation andintegrative interpretation in the Passover legislation, mending the fractures of Genesis: strategies of harmonization in the Book ofJubilees, redemption from the ashes: repositioning atonement and sacrifice in early Christian and Rabbinic thought, and Jewish apocalyptic and mystical background in the Gospel of Judas.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The study of early Judaism and early Christianity has been revolutionised by new evidence from a host of sources: the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament Apocrypha, the Nag Hammadi writings and related texts, and new papyrus and amulet discoveries. Now scholars have entered the next generation of scholarship, where these bodies of evidence are appreciated in conversation with each other and within the contexts of the wider Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman cultures from the fourth century BCE to the fourth century CE.
This volume features chapters from leading scholars who approach the study of early Judaism and early Christianity from this synthetic approach. The chapters engage in an inter-generational and international dialogue among the past, present and future generations of scholars, and also among European, North-American, African and South-American scholars and their various methodologies and approaches - linguistic, historical or comparative. Among the chapters are contributions by Professors James Charlesworth (Princeton), Andre Gagne (Concordia) and Loren Stuckenbruck (Munich), as well as papers from researchers from North America, Europe, South America and Africa.