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The Sicarii in Josephus's Judean War

Rhetorical Analysis and Historical Observations


Mark Brighton

This book offers a comprehensive study of the Sicarii in Josephus’s Judean War. Detailed
rhetorical analyses are provided not only for the Masada narrative, where Josephus tells how
the Sicarii famously committed suicide, but also for all other places in War where their
activities are described or must be inferred from the context. The study shows how Josephus
adopted the Sicarii in his narrative to develop and bring to a resolution several major themes
in War. In a departure from the classical proposal that the Sicarii were an armed and
fanatical off-shoot of the Zealots, this work concludes that from a historical perspective,
“Sicarii” was a somewhat fluid term used to describe Jews of the Judean revolt who were
associated with acts of violence against their own people for religious/political ends.


Edited by Randall C. Bailey, Tat-siong Liew and Fernando Segovia

Critics from three major racial/ethnic minority communities in the United States—African
American, Asian American, and Latino/a American—focus on the problematic of race and
ethnicity in the Bible and in contemporary biblical interpretation. With keen eyes on both
ancient text and contemporary context, contributors pay close attention to how racial/ethnic
dynamics intersect with other differential relations of power such as gender, class, sexuality,
and colonialism. In groundbreaking interaction, they also consider their readings alongside
those of other racial/ethnic minority communities. The volume includes an introduction
pointing out the crucial role of this work within minority criticism by looking at its historical
trajectory, critical findings, and future directions.


Dietmar Neufeld

The Bible is an ancient book, written in a language other than English, describing social and cultural situations incongruent with modern sensibilities. To help readers bridge these gaps, this work examines the translation and interpretation of a set of biblical texts from the perspectives of cultural anthropology and the social sciences. The introduction deals with methodological issues, enabling readers to recognize the differences in translation when words, sentences, and ideas are part of ancient social and cultural systems that shape meaning. The following essays demonstrate how Bible translations can be culturally sensitive, take into account the challenge of social distance, and avoid the dangers of ethnocentric and theological myopia. As a whole, this work shows the importance of making use of the insights of cultural anthropology in an age of ever-increasing manipulation of the biblical text.


Edited by Daniel Leese

Brill's Encyclopedia of China (see also is a convenient thousand-page reference on China from its early beginnings, with a clear focus on the modern period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 21st century. Arranged in alphabetical order, it covers the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China. All contributions are written by an international team of European, Asian, Australian and American experts, carefully selected from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Originally published and warmly received in German (edited by the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, published by WBG, Darmstadt, 2003), this English translation, including a statistical data update, will serve both English-language students and faculty in conveniently providing a wealth of reliable and solid information on China. With illustrations, maps, tables, ample indices and bibliographies.

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Marble Past, Monumental Present

Building with Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean


Michael Greenhalgh

A broad survey of the various structural and decorative uses of marble and antiquities throughout the Mediterranean during the Millennium following the Emperor Constantine. The heavy footprint of Roman civic and religious architecture helped provide attractive and luxurious building materials, re-used to construct diverse and often sophisticated monuments. The book argues that marble-rich sites and cities around this lake were linked at various times and in varying degrees by trade, pilgrimage, war and diplomacy, as well as by the imperatives of religion - Venice to Alexandria, Damascus to Córdoba. Aachen makes less sense without reference to Rome or Jerusalem; Damascus without Kairouan; Istanbul without Cairo. To accompany the illustrations in the text, the DVD at the back of the book contains over 5,000 images, together with discussions which extend various arguments in the printed book.

Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity


Dorothy Peters

As father of all humanity and not exclusively of Israel, Noah was a problematic ancestor for some Jews in the Second Temple period. His archetypical portrayals in the Dead Sea Scrolls, differently nuanced in Hebrew and Aramaic, embodied the tensions for groups that were struggling to understand both their distinctive self-identities within Judaism and their relationship to the nations among whom they lived. Dually located within a trajectory of early Christian and rabbinic interpretation of Noah and within the Jewish Hellenistic milieu of the Second Temple period, this study of the Noah traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls illuminates living conversations and controversies among the people who transmitted them and promises to have implications for ancient questions and debates that extended considerably beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Philippines through European Lenses

Late 19th-Century Photographs from the Meerkamp van Embden Collection

Otto van den Muijzenberg

Photographs of the Philippines during the nineteenth century have increasingly become accessible to the public through exhibits and publications. This present collection was made by P.K.A. Meerkamp van Embden, a Dutch businessman who later served as honorary consul of the Netherlands from 1889 to 1927. The years covered by his photographs witnessed the increasing integration of the Philippines into the world economy, the 1896 Revolution and the violent change of sovereignty from Spanish to American. The photographs are thus significant as a Dutchman’s perspective on a watershed period in Philippine history. The subjects are varied: the people, streets and homes of Ermita, where Meerkamp resided; the abaca trade; Romblon and Cebu. An added bonus are photographs of the peoples of the Cordillera by Dr. Alexander Schadenberg. The text that ties together the ensemble was written by Dr. Otto van den Muijzenberg, a Dutch anthropologist who has spent years doing fieldwork in the Philippines and has a deep knowledge of its culture and history.

Seeking the Favor of God

Volume 3: The Impact of Penitential Prayer beyond Second Temple Judaism


Edited by Mark Boda, Richard Falk and Rodney Werline

As It Is Written

Studying Paul's Use of Scripture


Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Chrisopher D. Stanley

All scholars recognize that Scripture plays a vital role in the theology and rhetoric of the apostle Paul. They disagree, however, about how best to make sense of the many marked and unmarked references to Scripture that permeate his letters. This book aims to move the discussion forward by examining the reasons behind these scholarly differences. The essays are united by a concern to show how scholarly opinions concerning Paul’s use of Scripture have been influenced by the application of divergent methods and conflicting presuppositions regarding Paul, his audiences, and the role of biblical references in his letters. The book also seeks to extend the boundaries of the discussion by applying the insights of deconstruction, postcolonial theory, and feminist criticism to the study of Paul’s use of Scripture. Together these essays show what can be accomplished when scholars take the time to discuss their differences and try out new approaches to old problems.
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Matthew, James, and Didache

Three Related Documents in Their Jewish and Christian Settings


Edited by H.W.M. van den Sandt and Jürgen Zangenberg

Sharing many traditions and characteristics, the Gospel of Matthew, the letter of James, and the Didache invite comparative study. In this volume, internationally renowned scholars consider the three writings and the complex interrelationship between first-century Judaism and nascent Christianity. These texts likely reflect different aspects and emphases of a network of connected communities sharing basic theological assumptions and expressions. Of particular importance for the reconstruction of the religious and social milieu of these communities are issues such as the role of Jewish law, the development of community structures, the reception of the Jesus tradition, and conflict management. In addition to the Pauline and Johannine “schools,” Matthew, James, and the Didache may represent a third religious milieu within earliest Christianity that is especially characterized through its distinct connections to a particular ethical stream of contemporary Jewish tradition.Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (