The essays in this Festschrift honor James L. Kugel for his contribution to the field of biblical studies, in particular early biblical interpretation. The essays are organized in three roughly chronological categories. The first group treats some part of the Tanakh, ranging from the creation and Abraham stories of Genesis to the evolving conception of sacred writing in the prophetic literature. The second set of essays focuses chiefly on the literature of Second Temple Judaism, including Qumran and extra-biblical literature. The last group concerns the scriptural imagination at work in rabbinic literature, in Milton's Paradise Lost, in the anti-semitic work of Gerhard Kittel, up to the present in a treatment of Levinas and the Talmud.
Hindy Najman, Ph.D. (1998) in NELC, Harvard University, is the Jordan Kapson Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She has published on the Hebrew Bible, Hellenistic Judaism, Qumran and Rabbinic Literature including Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (2003).
Judith H. Newman, Ph.D. (1996) in NELC, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Center of Jewish-Christian Studies at General Theological Seminary. She writes about aspects of second temple Judaism and has published Praying by the Book: the Scripturalization of Prayer in Second Temple Judaism (1999).
'…extraordinarily rich and stimulating collection of essays…the editors are to be congratulated on having assembled such a distinguished list of contributors to this fine volume.'
C.T.R. Hayward, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2005.
'Den beiden Herausgeberinnen, Hindy Najman und Judith H. Newman, ist für diesen überaus reichhaltigen Band, der nicht nur der Diskussion der Arbeit James Kugels, sondern auch der den Jubilar beschäftigenden lebendigen Auslegungstradition der Bibel wertvolle Impulse verleiht, sehr zu danken.'
Tobias Nicklas, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005.