Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Mar 22, 2011 - Religion - 242 pages
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"In Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views Michael Stone examines a broad range of basic issues in the study of Second Temple Judaism and calls for a radical rethinking of approaches to Jewish history. Stone challenges scholars and students to question theologically conditioned histories of ancient Judaism devised by later orthodoxies, whether Jewish or Christian, and to acknowledge religious experience as a major factor in the composition and transmission of ancient religious documents. He urges readers to look above and beyond the spectacles of tradition and cultural memory that too often distort their understanding of the ancient past. Addressing an assortment of topics regarding the authorship, transmission, and interpretation of the canonical Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, and more, Stone's Ancient Judaism underscores the stunning complexity of both the raw data and the resulting picture of Judaism in antiquity."--Publisher description.

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New Perspectives
Adam and Enoch and the State of the World
Apocalyptic Historiography
Visions and Pseudepigraphy
Bible and Apocrypha
Multiform Transmission and Authorship
The Transmission of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Ancient Sources

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About the author (2011)

Michael E. Stone is professor emeritus of comparative religion and Armenian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His many books include 4 Ezra: A Commentary on 4 Ezra, Adam's Contract with Satan, History of the Literature of Adam and Eve, and works on Armenian apocryphal literature.

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