Tradition, Transmission, and Transformation from Second Temple Literature through Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity

Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, Jointly Sponsored by the Hebrew University Center for the Study of Christianity, 22–24 February, 2011

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Many types of tradition and interpretation found in later Jewish and Christian writings trace their origins to the Second Temple period, but their transmission and transformation followed different paths within the two religious communities. For example, while Christians often translated and transmitted discrete Second Temple texts, rabbinic Judaism generally preserved earlier traditions integrated into new literary frameworks. In both cases, ancient traditions were often transformed to serve new purposes but continued to bear witness to their ancient roots. Later compositions may even provide the key to clarifying obscurities in earlier texts. The contributions in this volume explore the dynamics by which earlier texts and traditions were transmitted and transformed in these later bodies of literature and their attendant cultural contexts.
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Biographical Note

Menahem Kister, Ph.D. (1994), Hebrew University, is a Professor in the Hebrew University Departments of Bible and Talmud.. He has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls and related texts and is the editor of The Qumran Scrolls and Their World.

Hillel I. Newman, Ph.D. (1997), Hebrew University, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa. He has authored The Ma'asim of the People of the Land of Israel: Halakhah and History in Byzantine Palestine.

Michael Segal, Ph.D. (2004), Hebrew University, is an Associate Professor in the Hebrew University Department of Bible, and Editor of the University's Bible Project. He has authored The Book of Jubilees: Rewritten Bible, Redaction, Ideology and Theology.

Ruth A. Clements, Th.D. (1997), Harvard University Divinity School, is Head of Publications for the Orion Center and coeditor of New Approaches to the Study of Biblical Interpretation in Judaism of the Second Temple Period and in Early Christianity.

Table of contents

William Adler, Parabiblical Traditions and Their Use in the Palaea Historica
Yair Furstenberg, Outsider Impurity: Trajectories of Second Temple Separation Traditions in Tannaitic Literature
Yehoshua Granat, No Angels before the World? A Preexistence Tradition and its Transformations from Second Temple Literature to Early Piyyuṭ
Pieter van der Horst, Pious Long-Sleepers in Greek, Jewish, and Christian Antiquity
Tal Ilan & Vered Noam, Remnants of a Pharisaic Apologetic Source in Josephus and in the Babylonian Talmud
Yaakov Kaduri (James Kugel), Windy and Fiery Angels: Prerabbinic and Rabbinic Interpretations of Psalm 104:4
Menahem Kister, Jewish Hellenistic Writers and Palestinian Traditions: Early and Late
Armin Lange, The Severus Scroll Variant List in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Chaim Milikowsky, Where is the Lost Ark of the Covenant? The True History (of the Ancient Traditions)
Sergey Minov, Satan’s Refusal to Worship Adam: A Jewish Motif and Its Reception in Syriac Christian Tradition Christian Traditions
Hillel Newman, Stars of the Messiah
Annette Yoshiko Reed, Retelling Biblical Retellings: Epiphanius, the Pseudo-Clementines, and the Reception History of Jubilees
Avigdor Shinan & Yair Zakovitch, Why Is “A” Placed Next to “B”? Juxtaposition in the Bible and Beyond
Michael E. Stone, The Reception and Reworking of Abraham Traditions in Armenian

Readership

All those interested in Second Temple literature (including Qumran literature, Philo, Josephus); rabbinic and early Christian literature; and the history of biblical interpretation.