This volume honors the lifetime of scholarly contribution and leadership of Professor Emanuel Tov, Judah L. Magnes professor of Bible at the Department of Bible, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Colleagues from all over the world have contributed significant studies in the three areas of Tov’s primary interest and expertise: the Hebrew Bible, its Greek translations, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Festschrift is a fitting tribute to one of the generation’s leading scholars, whose dedicated efforts as editor-in-chief have brought about the complete publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Shalom M. Paul is Professor of Bible and former Chair of the Department of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively in the area of Bible and the Ancient Near East, including a scientific commentary on the book of Amos.
Robert A. Kraft is Berg Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His research and publications have concentrated on aspects of the study of Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, including the use of computers in such work.
Lawrence H. Schiffman is Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He is an editor of the journal
Dead Sea Discoveries and a member of the International team of editors of the series
Discoveries in the Judaean Desert.
Weston W. Fields is Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation and author of
Sodom and Gomorrah: History and Motif in Biblical Narrative (Sheffield, 1997).
Four editors, fifty-six contributors, 849 pages of text, twelve indices spread out over eighty-nine pages and constituting a separate volume—this is huge, and not simply in girth. In an era when the genre of Festschriften has alas lost its luster, this collection shines through. At the risk of blaspheming, I can best appraise this work by paraphrasing (and loosely at that) the last verse of Gen 1: All those involved in Emanuel
saw everything they had made, and indeed, it was very Tov.'
Review of Biblical Literature, 2007.