Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander


In Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages fifteen scholars offer specialist studies on Jewish education from the areas of their expertise. This tightly themed volume in honour of Philip S. Alexander has some essays that look at individual manuscripts, some that consider larger literary corpora, and some that are more thematically organised.

Jewish education has been addressed largely as a matter of the study house, the bet midrash. Here a richer range of texts and themes discloses a wide variety of activity in several spheres of Jewish life. In addition, some notable non-Jewish sources provide a wider context for the discourse than is often the case.

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George J. Brooke, Ph.D. (1978), Claremont Graduate School, D.D. (2010), Oxford University, is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus at the University of Manchester. He is the Editor of Brill’s series Studies on the Desert of Judah.

Renate Smithuis, Ph.D. (2004), University of Manchester, is Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies at Manchester University. An expert on Abraham ibn Ezra, she also co-edited with Philip Alexander From Cairo to Manchester: Studies on the Rylands Genizah Fragments (Oxford, 2013).
'... a rich volume [...] combines thought-provoking discussions of Jewish educational views and practices with a detailed attention to educational texts an how these express their didactic purposes. The volume stimulates new ways of thinking about Jewish education and, by so doing, constitutes a fitting tribute to the educator it honors.'
Pieter B. Hartog, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands, Journal for the Study of Judaism 49 (2018)

The chapters provide focused examinations of Jewish education from the Hellenistic era to the late Middle Ages and make advances in their respective fields (Scrolls, gospels, Talmud, etc). Indeed, all who are interested in Jewish education will want to consult the articles within this volume. Overall, this collection was a joy to read, full of erudition and critical thinking and a fitting tribute to Philip Alexander on the celebration of his seventieth birthday.
Sean A. Adams, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 2017

Die Artikel…. Stecken das Thema in einem Größeren Kontext ab, so dass sie – nicht zuletzt auch in verbindung mit den ausführlichen Bibliographien am ende eines jeden Beitrags – geradezu als ein Kompendium zu der Thematik betrachtet werden können… Man würde es sich wunschen, dass noch mehr Festschriften eine so gewichtige Stimme in der Forschungslandschaft haben, wie sie hier durch dieses Werk gegeben wird.
Beate Ego, Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2020
All interested in the history of Jewish education from antiquity to the middle ages, especially scholars of Second Temple texts, rabbinic and related literature, and medieval manuscripts.
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