The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel

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James L. Kugel, Judith H. Newman, Judith Hood Newman
BRILL, 2004 - Religion - 604 pages
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The essays in this Festschrift honor James L. Kugel for his contribution to the field of biblical studies, in particular early biblical interpretation. The essays are organized in three roughly chronological categories. The first group treats some part of the Tanakh, ranging from the creation and Abraham stories of Genesis to the evolving conception of sacred writing in the prophetic literature. The second set of essays focuses chiefly on the literature of Second Temple Judaism, including Qumran and extra-biblical literature. The last group concerns the scriptural imagination at work in rabbinic literature, in Milton's Paradise Lost, in the anti-semitic work of Gerhard Kittel, up to the present in a treatment of Levinas and the Talmud.

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The Conversion of Abraham to Judaism Christianity
The Alleged Hidden Light
Genre Ambiguity and Theological
13 or The A is so and Whats More
The Symbolic Significance of Writing in Ancient Judaism
Qumran ESotericism
The Contribution of the Qumran Discoveries to the History
Myth History and Mystery in the Copper Scroll
The Democratization of Kingship in Wisdom of Solomon
Two Powers in Heaven or The Making of a Heresy
Iterated Quotation Formulae in Talmudic Narrative
Can Hermeneutics History
The Alphabet of Ben Sir a and the Early History of Parody
Does Rashis Torah Commentary Respond to Christianity?
Peshat in the Medieval
The Hermeneutical Significance of Emmanuel Levinass

The Concept of Covenant in the Qumran Scrolls
Open and Closed Eyes in the Animal Apocalypse
The Earliest Interpretations of Adam

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About the author (2004)

Hindy Najman, Ph.D. (1998) in NELC, Harvard University, is the Jordan Kapson Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She has published on the Hebrew Bible, Hellenistic Judaism, Qumran and Rabbinic Literature including Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (2003).Judith H. Newman, Ph.D. (1996) in NELC, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Center of Jewish-Christian Studies at General Theological Seminary. She writes about aspects of second temple Judaism and has published Praying by the Book: the Scripturalization of Prayer in Second Temple Judaism (1999).