Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls

John Collins at Seventy


This volume, a tribute to John J. Collins by his friends, colleagues, and students, includes essays on the wide range of interests that have occupied John Collins’s distinguished career. Topics range from the ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism and beyond into early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. The contributions deal with issues of text and interpretation, history and historiography, philology and archaeology, and more. The breadth of the volume is matched only by the breadth of John Collins’s own work.

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Joel Baden, Ph.D. (2007), Harvard University, is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Univerity. He is the author of The Composition of the Pentateuch (Yale, 2012) and The Historical David (HarperOne, 2014), among many other books and articles.

Hindy Najman, Ph.D. (1998), Harvard University, is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford University. Among her many publications are Seconding Sinai (Brill, 2003) and Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future (Cambridge, 2014).

Eibert Tigchelaar, Ph.D. (1994), University of Groningen, is Research Professor in the Research Unit of Biblical Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is the co-author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (Brill, 1997-1998), and the author of To Increase Learning for the Understanding Ones (Brill, 2001).


Publications of John J. Collins

Between Athens and Jerusalem, on the Wings of a Dove?
Susan Ackerman

The Social Location of the Scribe in the Second Temple Period
Samuel L. Adams

Heraclitus’s Homeric Problems and Midrash Genesis Rabbah: Comparisons and Contrasts
Philip Alexander

The Identification of the “Wicked Priest” Reconsidered: The Case for Hyrcanus II
Kenneth Atkinson

What’s in a Name? Naming the Unnameable in Philo and John
Harold W. Attridge

Redactor or Rabbenu? Revisiting an Old Question of Identity
Joel S. Baden

Old Testament Ethics: Story or Style?
John Barton

Future Food and Future Feasting: Tracing the Idea of the Meal in the World to Come in Qumran Literature
Claudia D. Bergmann

Casting Lots and Distributing Territories: The Hellenistic Background of the Book of Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon
Katell Berthelot

Authority and Propaganda—The Case of the Potter’s Oracle
Stefan Beyerle

How Jesus Became Uncreated
Gabriele Boccaccini

Thrēskeia in 4 Maccabees
Daniel Boyarin

The Visualisation of the Sacred at Qumran
George J. Brooke

The Wisdom of the Nations and the Law of Israel: Genealogies of Ethnic Difference in Ben Sira and the Mekhilta
Joshua Ezra Burns

Zechariah, Zerubbabel, and Zemah: Ideological Development in Early Postexilic Judah
Laura Carlson

The Divine Assembly in Genesis 1–11
Richard J. Clifford

The Enochs of Genesis 4 and 5 and the Emergence of the Apocalyptic Enoch Tradition
John Day

Genre Analysis and Early Christian Martyrdom Narratives: A Proposal
Michal Beth Dinkler

The Disappearing God in Ezekiel the Tragedian
Robert Doran

Scent of a Woman: The Influence of Lady Wisdom on 2 Maccabees 7:20–29
Antonios Finitsis

Preserving the Cult of Yhwh in Judean Garrisons: Continuity from Pharaonic to Ptolemaic Times
Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley

“If a Case is Too Baffling for You to Decide . . .” (Deuteronomy 17:8–13): Between Constraining and Expanding Judicial Autonomy in the Temple Scroll and Early Rabbinic Scriptural Interpretation
Steven D. Fraade

Of Doves, Fish, and Goddesses: Reflections on the Literary, Religious, and Historical Background of the Book of Jonah
Eckart Frahm

Fire and Water? Apocalyptic Imagination and Hellenistic Worldview in 2 Peter
Jörg Frey

Where’s Enoch? The Mythic Geography of the Qumran Book of Giants
Matthew Goff

Josephus and Jewish Ethnicity
Erich S. Gruen

Cutting the Cord with the Familiar: What Makes 4Q265 Miscellaneous Rules Tick?
Charlotte Hempel

The Dream of a Perfect Text: Textual Criticism and Biblical Inerrancy in Early Modern Europe
Ronald Hendel

“I Am the Judge”: Judgment in the Apocalypse of Abraham
Matthias Henze

Mother Zion in Baruch 4:5–5:9 and 2 Baruch 1–12: A Study of Different Models of Intertextuality
Karina Martin Hogan

Scribal Innovation and the Book of Tobit: A Long Overdue Discussion
Naomi S. S. Jacobs

What is “Serekh ha-Yahad (S)”? Thinking About Ancient Manuscripts as Information Processing
Jutta Jokiranta

Deity and Divine in the Hebrew Bible and in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Reinhard G. Kratz

Simeon and Levi’s Attack on Shechem, or: The Mystery of MS C of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
James Kugel

What Really Troubled Andronikos? A Note on P.Polit.Iud. 1
Rob Kugler

Who were the Advisers of the King? A Comparative Study of Royal Consultants in Mesopotamia and in Israel
Helge S. Kvanvig

Solomon in the Garden of Eden: Autonomous Wisdom and the Danger of Discernment
Peter T. Lanfer


Inner- and Extra-Jewish Polemics: The Parting of the Way Once Again
Armin Lange

“Ask What You Wish”: The Intersection between Economic Freedom and Cosmopolitanism in 1 Esdras
Kyong-Jin Lee

The Place of the Early Printed Editions of Josephus’s Antiquities and War (1470–1534) in the Latin Textual Tradition
David B. Levenson and Thomas R. Martin

Conceptualizing Spirit: Supernatural Meteorology and Winds of Distress in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Ingrid E. Lilly

Covenantal Nomism and the Hebrew Bible
Timothy H. Lim

From Zedekiah to the Messiah: A Glimpse at the Early Reception of the Sprout
Christl M. Maier

Ethnicity and Essentialism in and about Ezekiel’s Tragedy
Stewart Moore

Perfecting Translation: The Greek Scriptures in Philo of Alexandria
Hindy Najman and Benjamin G. Wright

The Community Rule or Rules for the Communities? Contextualizing the Qumran Serakhim
James Nati

The Thanksgiving Hymns of 1QHa and the Construction of the Ideal Sage through Liturgical Performance
Judith H. Newman

Beautiful Theories: Approaching Deut 21:1–9 as Ritual Performance and Narrative Medium
Susan Niditch

Desires Crossing Boundaries: Romance and History in Josephus’s Antiquities
Maren R. Niehoff

Lost Historical Traditions: Between Josephus and the Rabbis
Vered Noam

Defects, Holiness, and Pollution in Biblical Cultic Texts
Saul M. Olyan

Anthropology, Pneumatology, and Demonology in Early Judaism: The Two Spirits Treatise (1QS 3:13–4:26) and Other Texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls
Mladen Popović

Les Esséniens et la croyance à la résurrection : de l’eschatologie zoroastrienne aux notices de Josèphe et d’Hippolyte
Émile Puech

Metacritical Thoughts on “Transcendence” and the Definition of Apocalypse
Rebecca Raphael

The Passive Qal in the Hebrew of the Second Temple Period, especially as Found in the Wisdom of Ben Sira
Eric D. Reymond

A Twentieth-Century Irishman’s First Century Palestine: George Moore’s The Brook Kerith
Zuleika Rodgers

Blake, Enoch, and Emerging Biblical Criticism
Christopher Rowland

The Origins of the Book of Isaiah
Konrad Schmid

The Poetics of Abjection in Psalm 44
Carolyn J. Sharp

The End of Military Campaigns: Gamala and Masada in The Jewish War of Josephus
Gregory E. Sterling

“I Will Speak . . . with My Whole Person in Ecstasy”: Instrumentality and Independence in the Sibylline Oracles
Olivia Stewart

Airing the High Priest’s Dirty Laundry: Understanding the Imagery and Message of Zechariah 3:1–7
Ryan E. Stokes

Thrice Nahum 3:8–10: MT, LXX, and 4Q385a 17 ii—New Proposals
Eibert Tigchelaar

Textual Criticism of Hebrew Scripture in the 20th Century
Emanuel Tov

The Role of Charity in the Testament of Job
Jonathan R. Trotter

The Samaritan and Masoretic Pentateuch: Text and Interpretation(s)
Eugene Ulrich

Masada World Heritage Site: Josephus the Narrator Defeated
Jan Willem van Henten

Mastema in the Qumran Literature and the Book of Jubilees
James C. VanderKam

Women, Worship, Wilderness, and War: Celibacy and the Constructions of Identity in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Cecilia Wassen

Resonances of Jeremiah in Daniel 9
Robert R. Wilson

The Angel’s Self-Revelation in Tobit 12
Géza G. Xeravits

Peace from the Ashes: Commemorating the Wars in the East, the Centre, and the West of the Roman Empire during the “Long Year of the Four Emperors” (68–70 CE)
Jürgen K. Zangenberg

Hu Ezra Alah mi-Bavel: Ezra as an Exemplar of Babylonian Superiority in Rabbinic Literature
Shlomo Zuckier

All interested in the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, the New Testament, Ancient Christianity, and early Judaism.
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