Rewritten Bible after Fifty Years: Texts, Terms, or Techniques?

A Last Dialogue with Geza Vermes


Rewritten Bible After Fifty Years presents the papers of a conference on the meanings and usages of the term Rewritten Bible introduced by Geza Vermes in 1961. Leading scholars of the topic discuss their new insights and ideas comparing with Vermes' initiative, whose participation on this conference was unfortunately the last chance for a life dialogue with him on this topic.
Apart from the terminological discussions and comparisions several case studies widen the scope of the notion of Rewritten Bible/Scripture and rewriting as a genre and technique.

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József Zsengellér, Ph.D. (1998), Utecht University, the Netherland, is professor of Biblical Theology and History of Religions at the Károli Gáspár Reformed University, Budapest. He has published monographs and articles on Second Temple Judaism especially on Samaritans, and edited several books, including Studies in the Book of Wisdom (Brill, 2010).
The subject matter of the volume is so very important and so extremely interesting that the reader should be appreciative of the effort and time which it took to assemble. ... Students of the Hebrew Bible and ‘Reception History’ will benefit considerably from a reading of this work. And even a re-reading of it.
Jim West, Zwinglius Redivivus

Rewritten Bible after Fifty Years contains a wealth of new syntheses making contributions in multiple disciplines and subfields. The volume provides mature reflections upon terminology and techniques and new discussions of the phenomenon in regard to biblical texts, Qumran manuscripts, Hellenistic Jewish authors, as well as rabbinic, gnostic, and Samaritan texts. (...) it (...) sows the seed that will likely keep scholars engaged with the relevant texts, terms, and techniques for some time to come.
John F. Quant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Review of Biblical Literature 06, 2016

Defining of Rewritten Bible
Geza Vermes, The Genesis of the Concept of “Rewritten Bible”

Redefining of Rewritten Bible
Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Textual Fidelity, Elaboration, Supersession or Encroachment? Typological Reflections on the Phenomenon of Rewritten Scripture
Jonathan G. Campbell, Rewritten Bible: A Terminological Reassessment
Eugene Ulrich, Crossing the Borders from “Pre-Scripture” to Scripture (Rewritten) to “Rewritten Scripture”
Sidnie White Crawford, Rewritten Scriptures as a Clue to Scribal Traditions in the Second Temple Period
George J. Brooke, Memory, Cultural Memory and Rewriting Scripture
Stefan Schorch, Rewritten Bible and the Vocalization of the Biblical Text

Case Studies
Inner Biblical Rewritings
István Karasszon, Reuse of Prophecy in the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets. Rewriting and Canonization
Előd Hodossy-Takács, On the Battlefield and Beyond: the Reinterpretation of the Moabite-Israelite Encounters in 2Chronicles 20

Early Jewish Rewritings
Emanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of Hebrew Scripture and Scripture-Like Texts
Balázs Tamási, Apocryphon of Jeremiah C from Qumran: Rewritten Prophetic Text or Something Else?
Steven Fraade, Between Rewritten Bible and Allegorical Commentary: Philo’s Interpretation of the Burning Bush
Finn Damgaard, Philo’s Life of Moses as “Rewritten Bible”
Marton Ribary, Josephus’ “Rewritten Bible” as a Non-Apologetic Work
Christopher T. Begg, Josephus’ Rewriting of Genesis 24 in Ant. 1.242-255

Later Rewritings
Rachel Adelman, Can We Apply the Term “Rewritten Bible” to Midrash? The Case of Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer
Csaba Ötvös, Coptic Rewriting
József Zsengellér, Samaritan Rewritings

All interested in the literary development of the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament and Second Temple Jewish literarute, and anyone concerned with the problem of the notion Rewritten Bible and related topics.
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