This volume contains the proceedings of the first of an international series of conferences on the deuterocanonical literature organised by the Shime‘on Centre in Pápa, Hungary. Renowned international scholars of the field treat questions of text in the Book of Tobit, the underlying traditions and theological questions. The importance of the deuterocanonical corpus is widely recognised in contemporary scholarship. This is marked by the growing number of related publications. Yet it remains important to create an opportunity to work through the entire deuterocanonical material as such. These conferences aim to provide a yearly forum for discussion of this literature. The next conferences planned are on Maccabees (2005), Sirach (2006), Wisdom (2007), Additions (2008) and Judith (2009), and as a result, the organisers plan to publish five more volumes. Together with the present volume these will cover the entire deuterocanonical corpus.
Géza G. Xeravits, Ph.D. (2002) in Theology, Groningen University, the Netherlands, is Associate Professor at the Reformed Theological Academy of Pápa, Hungary.
József Zsengellér, Ph.D. (1998) in Theology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, is Professor at the Reformed Theological Academy of Pápa, Hungary.
All those interested in biblical Studies, early Judaism, deuterocanonical literature, and Judaism of Late Antiquity.