The eighteen studies in this volume in honor of Moshe Bernstein on the occasion of his 70th birthday mostly engage with Jewish scriptural interpretation, the principal theme of Bernstein’s own research career as expressed in his collected essays, Reading and Re-Reading Scripture at Qumran (Brill, 2013).
The essays develop a variety of aspects of scriptural interpretation. Although many of them are chiefly concerned with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the significant contribution of the volume as a whole is the way that even those studies are associated with others that consider the broader context of Jewish scriptural interpretation in late antiquity. As a result, a wider frame of reference for scriptural interpretation impinges upon how scripture was read and re-read in the scrolls from Qumran.
Binyamin Y. Goldstein, Yeshiva University. His current primary focus is on Syriac texts that penetrated into Jewish circles.
Michael Segal, PhD (2004) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University, and Editor of the Hebrew University Bible Project.
George J. Brooke, PhD (1978) Claremont Graduate School, DD (2010) University of Oxford, is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis Emeritus at the University of Manchester, England. He has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including two sets of essays, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament (2005) and Reading the New Testament: Essays in Method (2013). He is the Editor of the Brill series Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah.
Overall this is a densely packed and informative volume that displays a consistently high level of research throughout …. A Festschrift of superb quality, in which the resounding praise for Moshe Bernstein’s expertise is echoed throughout. In addition to engaging with Bernstein’s intellectual ideas, the essays forge new ground in the textual development of biblical exegesis that will reap substantial benefits for scholars of early and later rabbinic Judaism.
Sandra Jacobs, Review of Biblical Literature, 2019
This volume illustrates once again the significance of the Scrolls, not only for understanding Jewish exegesis in Second Temple Judaism, but also for the trajectories of interpretation which flow from this era.
Dwight D. Swanson, SOTS Book List, 2019
Bibliography of the Writings of Moshe J. Bernstein
Compiled by Binyamin Goldstein
List of Contributors
Binyamin Goldstein, Michael Segal, and George J. Brooke
Writing a Descriptive Grammar of 4Q252: The Noun Phrase
Martin G. Abegg, Jr.
A Newly Discovered Interpretation of Isaiah 40:12–13 in the Songs of the Sage
Joseph L. Angel
Missing and Misplaced? Omission and Transposition in the Book of Jubilees
Abraham J. Berkovitz
Hot at Qumran, Cold in Jerusalem: A Reconsideration of Some Late Second Temple Period Attitudes to the Scriptures and their Interpretation
George J. Brooke
The Interpretation on Ezekiel in the Hodayot
The Quantification of Religious Obligation in Second Temple Judaism—And Beyond
Yaakov Elman and Mahnaz Moazami
Temple Scroll as Rewritten Bible: When Genres Bend
Hellenism and Hermeneutics: Did the Qumranites and Sadducees Use Qal Va-ḥomer Arguments?
The Puzzle of Torah and the Qumran Wisdom Texts
John I. Kampen
An Interpretative Reading in the Isaiah Scroll of Rabbi Meir
“Wisdom Motifs” in the Compositional Strategy of the Genesis Apocryphon (1Q20) and Other Aramaic Texts from Qumran
On the Paucity of Biblical Exemplars in Sectarian Texts
The Mikhbar in the Temple Scroll
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Harmonization and Rewriting of Daniel 6 from the Bible to Qumran
The Textual Base of the Biblical Quotations in Second Temple Compositions
From Genesis to Exodus in the Book of Jubilees
Deuteronomy in the Temple Scroll and its Use in the Textual Criticism of Deuteronomy
Sidnie White Crawford
Exegesis, Ideology, and Literary History in the Temple Scroll: The Case of the Temple Plan
The Neglected Oaths Passage (CD IX:8–12): The Elusive, Allusive Meaning