Interpretative Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection in Jewish Antiquity
Author: Hindy Najman
The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism
Author: Hindy Najman
What is meant by attributing texts to Moses in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism? The answer depends not only on the history of texts but also on the history of concepts of textuality. This book criticizes the terms “Pseudepigraphy” and “Rewritten Bible”, which presuppose conceptions of authentic attribution and textual fidelity foreign to ancient Judaism.
Instead, this book develops the concept of a discourse whose creativity and authority depend on repeated returns to the exemplary figure and experience of a founder. Attribution to Moses is a central example, whose function is to re-present the experience of revelation at Sinai. Distinctive features of Mosaic discourse are studied in Deuteronomy, Jubilees, the Temple Scroll, and the works of Philo of Alexandria.
Author: Hindy Najman

Abstract

Challenging divisions between canonical and marginal texts, this essay critically evaluates the borrowing of the term “canon” from an Athanasian context and offers alternatives for thinking about the formation of scriptural authority in ancient Judaism. This essay focuses on the vitality of scripture as a corrective to scholarship which emphasizes canon, library, and prophetic cessation. To understand the authority of scripture is to understand scripture’s vitality in Ancient Judaism and, if the term “canon” is used, it should be used in a way that reflects this vitality.

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
In: Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World
In: Other Worlds and Their Relation to This World
In: Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
In: Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke