Festschrift contains forty-one original essays and six tribute papers in honour of Michael E. Stone, Gail Levin de Nur Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Professor Emeritus of Armenian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The volume’s main theme is Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, envisioned in its broadest sense: apocryphal texts, traditions, and themes from the Second-Temple period to the High Middle Ages, in Judaism, Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Islam. Most essays present new or understudied texts based on fresh manuscript evidence; the others are thematic in approach. The volume’s scope and focus reflect those of Professor Stone’s scholarship, without a special emphasis on Armenian studies.
Lorenzo DiTommaso is Professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University Montréal. He specialises in the study of apocalyptic thought and literature, from the ancient world to the modern.
Matthias Henze is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at Rice University. He has published on the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish literature, particularly on the Pseudepigrapha.
William Adler is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. He specializes in the study of early Jewish and Christian literature, with a particular interest in Jewish and Christian historiography.
All in all, not only Michael Stone but also the editors and publisher should be congratulated with this unique and important volume that is a
Fundgrube of new materials and approaches to apocryphal books. It offers extremely learned chapters, and includes many sections of texts in the original languages, printed in the ancient scripts (Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, Armenian, Old Slavonic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Arabic and Old Irish). Beautiful illustrations, many in color, enrich the book, and detailed indices (modern authors, mediaeval manuscripts discussed and ancient and mediaeval sources) add significantly to its usefulness for specialists working on particular aspects of the Embroidered Bible.
Jan Willem van Henten,
All interested in early Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, early Christianity, early Islam, mediaeval Christianity, manuscripts, and the reception of biblical texts in late antiquity and the mediaeval period.