Essays on the Book of Enoch and Other Early Jewish Texts and Traditions


This volume brings together twenty-one essays by Michael Knibb on the Book of Enoch and on other Early Jewish texts and traditions, which were originally published in a wide range of journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings and thematic collections. A number of the essays are concerned with the issues raised by the complex textual history and literary genesis of 1 Enoch, but the majority are concerned with the interpretation of specific texts or with themes such as messianism. The essays illustrate some of the dominant concerns of Michael Knibb's work, particularly the importance of the idea of exile; the way in which older texts regarded as authoritative were reinterpreted in later writings; and the connections between the apocalyptic writings and the sapiential literature.
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Biographical Note

Michael Knibb is Samuel Davidson Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, King's College London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has published widely in the fields of Early Jewish Studies and of Ethiopic Studies.

Table of contents


Part I

1. The Ethiopic Book of Enoch in Recent Research

2. The Book of Enoch or Books of Enoch? The Textual Evidence for 1 Enoch

3. Christian Adoption and Transmission of Jewish Pseudepigrapha: The Case of 1 Enoch

4. Interpreting the Book of Enoch: Reflections on a Recently Published Commentary

5. The Book of Enoch in the Light of the Qumran Wisdom Literature

6. The Use of Scripture in 1 Enoch 17–19

7. The Structure and Composition of the Book of Parables

8. The Date of the Parables of Enoch: A Critical Review

9. The Translation of 1 Enoch 70.1: Some Methodological Issues

10. The Text-critical Value of the Quotations from 1 Enoch in Ethiopic writings

Part II

11. The Exile in the Literature of the Intertestamental Period

12. Exile in the Damascus Document

13. Jubilees and the Origins of the Qumran Community.

14. Perspectives on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: The Levi Traditions

15. Apocalyptic and Wisdom in 4 Ezra

16. Isaianic Traditions in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

17. Messianism in the Pseudepigrapha in the Light of the Scrolls

18. Eschatology and Messianism in the Dead Sea Scrolls

19. The Septuagint and Messianism: Problems and Issues

20. Temple and Cult in Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical Writings from before the Common Era

21. Temple and Cult in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: Future Perspectives

Index of Passages

Index of Names


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