The notion that wisdom and apocalypticism represent fundamentally different and mutually exclusive categories of genre and worldview in early Jewish and Christian literature persists in current scholarship. The essay in this volume, the work of the Wisdom and Apocalypticism Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, challenged that generally held view as they explore the social locations and scholarly constructions of these literatures and discover an ancient reality of more porous categories and complex interrelationships. The volume draws on a broad range of Jewish and Christian texts, including
1 Enoch, Sirach, 4Qinstruction,
Psalms of Solomon, James, Revelation, and
Barnabas. The contributors are Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Patrick J. Hartin, Richard A. Horsley, Matthew J. Goff, George W.E. Nickelsburg, Barbara R. Rossing, Sarah J. Tanzer, Patrick A. Tiller, Rodney A. Werline, Lawrence M. Wills and Benjamin G. Wright III.
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Benjamin G. Wright III, Ph.D. (1988) in Christian Origins, University of Pennsylvania, is Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Lawrence M. Wills, Ph.D. (1987) in New Testament and Hellenistic Judaism, Harvard Divinity School, is Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
To sum up, this collection of essays provides an interesting and stimulating overview of ten years of fruitful debates about the Conflicted Boundaries in Wisdom and Apocalypticism. Every scholar and student interested in ancient Jewish wisdom and apocalypticism will profit from this SBL Symposium Series volume.' Stefan Beyerle,
Review of Biblical Literature, 2006 '
This volume is nicely representative of the total spectrum of work and thought of the Wisdom and Apocalyptic Group. The editors are to be commended for their choices. The inclusion of a select bibliography and an index of ancient literature cited in the papers makes this work all the more useful for those who would like to familiarize themselves with the full range of contemporary scholarly work on the intersection of apocalyptic and wisdom. For those who are interested in exploring wisdom literature, apocalyptic literature, or their interaction, this book is a helpful guide, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to both my students and my colleagues.' Andrew Steinmann,
Review of Biblical Literature, 2006