The discovery of the Genizah manuscipt collection is nothing less than a revolution for the knowledge of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. One of the main results of one hundred years of Genizah research is the rediscovery of Hebrew liturgical poetry which shed much light on various aspects of Jewish studies. For the last half century it has been almost comonplace to discover new poems, unknown poets, novel uses of poetry and unfamiliar poetic versions of familiar prose texts within liturgical settings being revealed among the manuscripts and manuscript fragments. The products of the composers and reciters of synagogue poetry convincingly demonstrate the importance of poetry in Jewish worship and communal life. The major corpora of Palestinian liturgical poetry bear evidence to the prolific literary activity of a number of famous poets who laid the foundations for the development of Hebrew poetry in later periods: Yossi ben Yossi, Yannai, Simon bar Megas, Elazar birabbi Kilir and Yohanan ha-Kohen. One of these mostly Byzantine-Jewish 'melodists' was Yehudah who composed a cycle of poems in accordance with the reading tradition of the Pentateuch and Prophets on the sabbath. This study presents Yehudah's oeuvre with commentaries and deals with its historical and literary context in four introductory chapters. The edition is complemented by indices and a bibliography.
Hebrew Poetry from Late Antiquity
This monograph discusses "Nefesh" as a term in the ancient semitic cultures of burial, especially Judaism. It secondly deals with the pyramid as a distinct feature of burial sites in Ancient Israel and links its use to the hope for postmortal existence.
Kevin P. Sullivan
Did Biblical authors believe that human beings could become angels? This book examines the available evidence from the period (200BCE-100CE) to determine the precise nature of the relationship between humans and angels.
Edited by Cilliers Breytenbach
This volume contains important contributions to the question of relationship of Judeo-Christians and Gentile-Christians; to literary criticism of the pauline letters; to the historical place of the Letter to the Hebrews; to the origin of the synoptic tradition, and to the theology and history of ...
Cilliers Breytenbach and Laurence L. Welborn
This volume presents five essays on the ancient rhetorical background of the First Letter of Clement. It contains reprints of classical studies by Harnack, Jaeger and van Unnik, furthermore two new essays presented by the editors C. Breytenbach and L. Welborn.
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The ethical emphasis in Jesus’ gospel proclamation is grounded in Second Temple Judaism, particularly the demand of covenantal obedience, sectarian revelation, and the apocalyptic hope. He affirms the necessity of righteousness by redefining it in relation to himself as Messiah.
Robert D. Rowe
Contributing to the study of the Old Testament in the New, Robert Rowe explores the relationship between te kingdom of God and Messianic kingship in Mark's gospel, starting from 'two-tier' kingship in the Psalms, and considering inter-testamental literature.
H. Drake Williams, III
This study addresses Pavi's use of Scripture in explicit and implicit forms within I cor. 1:18-3:23 in light of his Jewish, prophetic, and apostolic identity. It draws conclusions concerning Paul's use of Scripture in relation to its context and early Jewish literature.
Twenty-seven interdisciplinary essays, three of them previously unpublished, on aspects of Judaism in the Greco-Roman world, by a well-known scholar. The four sections are: Greeks and Jews, Josephus, The Jewish Diaspora and Epigraphy, and finally Beyond the Greeks and Romans. This publication ...
This literary and exegetical study of psalm quotations, allusions and echoes in the Fourth Gospel demonstrates the Evangelist's understanding of David, the presumed "author" of the psalms, as a paradigm for his portrayal of Jesus.
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