The main theme of the collected essays is expressed clearly in the following statement by Eugene Ulrich in the beginning of his article: What was the state of the Pentateuch during the Second Temple period? Was it basically complete and static at the time of Ezra, or was it still developing in substantial ways? To pursue this main theme, the International Workshop on the Study of the Pentateuch with special emphasis on textual transmission history in the Hellenistic and Roman period was held on August 28-31, 2007 in Tokyo. Fifteen papers were read and discussed enthusiastically in the workshop, and they were later revised based on the discussion for this volume. Those who are interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls will find the recent scholarly trend in this volume.
Akio Moriya, Ph.D. (1994) in Hebraic and Cognate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is Professor of Bible at Tokyo Woman's Christian University. He has published extensively on Aramaic studies.
Gohei Hata, Ph.D. (1975) in Jewish Studies, Doropsie University is Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo. He has published extensively on Josephus studies including Whole Works of Josephus Translated into Japanese.
Table of contents
Part I Pentateuchal Traditions
1. The Doctrine of creatio ex nihilo and the Translation of tōhû wābōhû
Toshio David Tsumura
2. One Decalogue in Different Texts
3. The Evolutionary Growth of the Pentateuch in the Second Temple Period
4. The Scribal and Textual Transmission of the Torah Analyzed in Light of Its Sanctity
Part II Hellenistic Judaism and the Pentateuch
5. In the Beginning Was a Greek Translation of Genesis and Exodus
6. Which Version of the Greek Bible Did Philo Read?
Gregory E. Sterling
7. The Importance of the Latter Half of Josephus’s Judaean Antiquities for his Roman Audience
Part III Dead Sea Scrolls and the Pentateuch
8. The Interpretation of Genesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls
John J. Collins
9. Exegesis of Pentateuchal Legislation in Jubilees and Related Texts Found at Qumran
James C. VanderKam
10. The Pentateuch Reflected in the Aramaic Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Part IV The New Testament and the Pentateuch
11. The Septuagint and the Transition of the Gospel Traditions
12. The Reception of the Torah in Mark: The Question about the Greatest Commandment
Adela Yarbro Collins
13. Creation and Sacred Space: The Reuse of Key Pentateuchal Themes by Philo, the Fourth Evangelist, and the Epistle to the Hebrews
Harold W. Attridge
14. A Japanese Perspective－Searching for Further Points of Contact between East and West