Heavenly Tablets

Interpretation, Identity and Tradition in Ancient Judaism


This volume brings together a wide range of international scholars of Ancient Judaism, in celebration of the career of Betsy Halpern-Amaru. The essays in the first section, Interpreting Ritual Texts, examine Jewish ritual praxis in late antiquity, highlighting the ways in which text and ritual intersect in the process of interpretation. Mapping Diaspora Identities asks how Diaspora communities came to understand the Bible’s preoccupation with land, and how land was used to figure ancient authors’ depictions of “center” and “margin” in drawing the boundaries of Jewish communities, and of Jewish identity. Finally, Rewriting Tradition explores rewriting of biblical stories in Hellenistic and later Jewish sources, and the ways that authors work through the tradition to reflect their current realities and their hopes for the future.

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Lynn LiDonnici, Ph.D. (1989) in Religion, University of Pennsylvania, is Associate Professor of Religion at Vassar College. She publishes mainly on the Greek Magical Papyri and related scholarly problems, and is writing a mongraph about them.
Andrea Lieber, Ph.D. (1998) in Religion, Columbia University, is Associate Professor of Religion on the Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies at Dickinson College. She has published several articles in the field of ancient Jewish mysticism and is presently working on a book, God In(corp)orated: Feasting on the Divine Presence in Ancient Judaism.
Libraries, institutes, students and scholars of Early Judaism, Judaism in Late Antiquity, and Hellenistic biblical and parabiblical literature.