As a far reaching tribute to the distinguished career of Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., a team of outstanding biblical scholars has joined to offer essays on the religious milieu of the ancient Mediterranean region. Challenged by Hellenistic and Greco-Roman cultural and political domination, the religious struggles of Jewish and, later, Christian communities sought to maintain tradition as well as mitigate transition. Jewish responses to a Hellenistic world are revealed anew in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the works of Artapanus and Philo. Also, Christian views on the transitory world of the early centuries of the Common Era are brought to light in the New Testament literature, apocryphal texts, and Patristic writings. Professors and students alike will benefit from the depth and breadth of this fresh scholarship.
Patricia Walters, Ph.D. (2005) in Theology, New Testament and Early Christianity, Loyola University Chicago, is Coordinator of the Department of Religious Studies at Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois. She has published on New Testament texts, including
The Assumed Authorial of Luke and Acts (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Table of contents
Contributors are Harold W. Attridge, David E. Aune, Ellen Birnbaum, Adela Yarbro Collins, John J. Collins, Wendy Cotter, C.S.J., Brian E. Daley, S.J., Lawrence DiPaolo, Jr., Robert A. Divito, Edmondo Lupieri (with essay appendix by Brian Dennert), Eileen Schuller, Hans Svebakken, Pauline Viviano, and Urban C. von Wahlde.
All who have interest in Hellenistic Judaism, Philo, Jewish and Christian attitudes toward the Second Temple, New Testament Gospels, undisputed Pauline letters, early gnosticism, apocryphal acts, or patristic christology.