This volume is dedicated to the scholarly work of Samuel Rubenson. His friends are numerous, and numerous indeed are those who had wished to contribute to a festschrift in his honor. Since the scope of the current book is focused and particular, it cannot represent the entirety of Rubenson’s indebted friends and colleagues. We trust that those who are not included will find other apt ways to celebrate his scholarship.
Apart from the unfailing effort of the various authors, the completion of this book has depended on the whole-hearted work of Ute Possekel, whose thorough, devoted and efficient copy-editing brought the chapters to their final form. We are deeply grateful for the many intense hours she spent with the manuscript. We should also like to thank Terry Wright for his work on the index and Marjolein van Zuylen at Brill.
The publication has been supported financially by Lunds Missionssällskap and the Birgit and Sven Håkan Ohlsson Foundation.