This collection of essays honors James C. VanderKam on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and twentieth year on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. An international group of scholars—including peers specializing in Second Temple Judaism and Biblical Studies, colleagues past and present, and former students—offers essays that interact in various ways with ideas and themes important in VanderKam's own work. The collection is divided into five sections spanning two volumes. The first volume includes essays on the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East along with studies on Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Essays in the second volume address topics in early Judaism, Enoch traditions and
Jubilees, and the New Testament and early Christianity.
Eric F. Mason, Ph.D. (2005, University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Judson University. His research addresses the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and Second Temple Judaism, including
'You Are a Priest Forever' (Brill, 2008).
Samuel I. Thomas, Ph.D. (2007, University of Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University. He writes about early Jewish texts and traditions, including the book
The “Mysteries” of Qumran: Mystery, Secrecy, and Esotericism in the Dead Sea Scrolls (SBL/Brill, 2009).
Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Ph.D. (2002, University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Edward's University. Her publications address Enochic literature, geographical traditions, angelology, and women in antiquity and include
A Study of the Geography of 1 Enoch 17-19 (Brill, 2003).
Alison Schofield, Ph.D. (2006, University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Denver. She has published primarily on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including
From Qumran to the Yahad (Brill 2009).
Eugene Ulrich, Ph.D. (1975, Harvard University) is O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and Chief Editor of the Biblical Scrolls from Qumran. He is the author of
The Biblical Qumran Scrolls (Brill, 2010).
Angela Kim Harkins, Ph.D. (2003, University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. Her primary research area is the Thanksgiving Hymns from Qumran. In her forthcoming monograph (de Gruyter), Harkins engages these texts from the perspective of religious experience.
Daniel A. Machiela, Ph.D. (2007, University of Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Early Judaism at McMaster University. His research chiefly concerns early Jewish interpretation of Scripture, including his book
The Dead Sea Genesis Apocryphon (Brill, 2009).
All those interested in Dead Sea Scrolls, Enoch traditions, Jubilees, and various aspects of Second Temple Judaism and biblical studies.