Starting his career as a scholar of the New Testament, Seán Freyne's work became synonymous with the study of Galilee in the Greek and Roman periods. His search for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Judaism in the Greek and Roman periods and the development of the early Christian movement has led him to interface with scholars in many related disciplines. In order to do justice to the breadth of Seán Freyne's interests, this volume includes contributions from scholars in the fields of Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, Early Christianity, New Testament, and Medieval Judaism. The resulting volume demonstrates not only the honoree's interdiciplinary interests, but also the interconnectedness of these disciplines.
Zuleika Rodgers, PhD (1999),Trinity College Dublin, is Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Herzog Centre for Jewish and Near Eastern Religion and Culture. Her research interests include Judaism in the Greek and Roman periods, and she recently published Making History: Josephus and Historical Method (Brill, 2006).
Margaret Daly-Denton, PhD (1997), Trinity College Dublin, lectures at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. An established composer of liturgical music, her current research interests lie with the early Christian reception of the psalms and she has published David in the Fourth Gospel: The Johannine Reception of the Psalms (Brill, 2000).
Anne Fitzpatrick McKinley, PhD (1994), Trinity College Dublin, is Lecturer in Second Temple Judaism at Trinity College Dublin and Head of the Department of Religions and Theology. Her research interests include Judaism in the Persian period and she also published in the area of early Israelite history, The Transformation of Torah from Scribal Advice to Law (Sheffield, 1999).
Contributors include: Philip S. Alexander, John R. Bartlett, Gideon Bohak, Mark A. Chancey, John J. Collins, Margaret Daly-Denton, Douglas R. Edwards, Philip F. Esler, Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, Majella Franzmann, Jill Harries, Catherine Hezser, Richard A. Horsley, Larry W. Hurtado, John S. Kloppenborg, James McLaren, Eric M. Meyers, Halvor Moxnes, Jacob Neusner, Thomas O’Loughlin, J. Andrew Overman, Zuleika Rodgers, Marianne Sawicki, V. George Shillington, Justin Taylor, Zeev Weiss, Adela Yarbro Collins, Jürgen Zangenberg.
Those interested in the fields of early Judaism, New Testament and Early Christian history, as well as the archaeology and mapping of Galilee, Rabbinic Judaism and the Cairo Geniza.