Studies in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

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Over the past 45 years Professor Pieter W. van der Horst contributed extensively to the study of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. The 24 papers in this volume, written since his early retirement in 2006, cover a wide range of topics, all of them concerning the religious world of Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine era. They reflect his research interests in Jewish epigraphy, Jewish interpretation of the Bible, Jewish prayer culture, the diaspora in Asia Minor, exegetical problems in the writings of Philo and Josephus, Samaritan history, texts from ancient Christianity which have received little attention (the poems of Cyrus of Panopolis, the Doctrina Jacobi nuper baptizati, the Letter of Mara bar Sarapion), and miscellanea such as the pagan myth of Jewish cannibalism, the meaning of the Greek expression ‘without God,’ the religious significance of sneezing in pagan antiquity, and the variety of stories about pious long-sleepers in the ancient world (pagan, Jewish, Christian).
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Biographical Note

Pieter W. van der Horst (1946), PhD 1978, was lecturer and later full professor in the New Testament and the Jewish and Graeco-Roman world of early Christianity at Utrecht University from 1969 till 2006. In 1994 he was elected to membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Review Quotes

' Die Aufsatzsammlung, die sich teilweise wie ein Lektüretagebuch liest, ist für jeden, der sich mit den vielfältigen Zeugnissen des kaiserzeitlichen und spätantiken Judentums im Kontext griechisch-römischer Religion und Philosophie sowie des entstehenden Christentums beschäftigt, unverzichtbar und ein großes Lesevergnügen.'
Oda Wischmeyer, Erlangen, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 2016 Band 111 Heft 6

" If one hallmark of this book is the author’s magisterial command of a vast array of primary texts, the other striking feature is his keen eye for weird and wonderful details. [...] It is a fair assessment, and a credit to the author, to say that one rarely reads a van der Horst essay from which one does not learn something new. [...] copyediting and production are of a very high standard. [...] thanks to van der Horst for his many significant contributions to the field." – Matthew V. Novenson, University of Edinburgh, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.02.20

Der Band besticht durch den breiten Zugriff auf die paganen, jüdischen und christlichen antiken Quellen und die interessanten interreligiösen und -kulturellen Verbindungslinien.'
Beate Ego, Theologische Literaturzeitung 141 (2016)

Table of contents

1. The Site of Adam’s Tomb
2. Bitenosh’s Orgasm (1QapGen 2:9-15)
3. At Abraham’s Table: Early Jewish Interpretations of Genesis 18:8
4. Moses’ Father Speaks Out
5. Philo and the Problem of God’s Emotions
6. Two Short Notes on Philo
7. Philosophia epeisaktos: Some Notes on Josephus, A.J. 18.9
8. Biblical Quotations in Judaeo-Greek Inscriptions
9. Did the Gentiles Know Who Abraham Was?
10. The Provenance of 2 Enoch 69-73: Jewish or Christian?
11. Greek Philosophical Elements in Some Judaeo-Greek Prayers
12. Mystical Motifs in a Greek Synagogal Prayer?
13. A Qedushat ha-Yom in Greek
14. The Jews of Ancient Phrygia
15. Judaism in Asia Minor
16. Samaritan Origins according to the Paralipomena Jeremiae
17. The Myth of Jewish Cannibalism
18. Porphyry on Judaism: Some Observations
19. A Short Note on the Doctrina Jacobi nuper baptizati
20. Consolation from Prison: Mara bar Sarapion and Boethius
21. Cyrus: A Forgotten Christian Poet
22. ‘Without God’: Some Notes on a Greek Expression
23. The Omen of Sneezing in Pagan Antiquity
24. Pious Long-Sleepers in Antiquity: Pagan, Jewish, Christian

Readership

Judaic scholars, classicists, historians of ancient religion, biblical scholars, historians of late antiquity, patristic scholars, epigraphers