Between Temple and Torah

Between Temple and Torah

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This volume contains articles by Martha Himmelfarb on topics in Second Temple Judaism and the development and reception of Second Temple traditions in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. The section on Priests, Temples, and Torah addresses the themes of its title in texts from the Bible to the Mishnah. Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls contains articles analyzing the intensification of the biblical purity laws, particularly the laws for genital discharge, in the major legal documents from the Scrolls. In Judaism and Hellenism the author explores the relationship between these two ancient cultures by examining the ancient and modern historiography of the Maccabean Revolt and the role of the Torah in ancient Jewish adaptations of Greek culture. The last two sections of the volume follow texts and traditions of the Second Temple period into late antiquity and the Middle Ages. The articles in Heavenly Ascent consider the relationship between the ascent apocalypses of the Second Temple period and later works involving heavenly ascent, particularly the hekhalot texts. In the final section, The Pseudepigrapha and Medieval Jewish Literature, Himmelfarb investigates evidence for knowledge of works of the Second Temple period by medieval Jews with consideration of the channels by which the works might have reached these later readers.(13:10a€”1 1, 43a€”53), but his most important achievement was the realization of independence: a€œIn the one hundred and ... So too in the Book of Samuel, poems attributed to David mark the death of Saul (2 Samuel 1) and the end of Davida#39;s own life (2 Samuel 22, 23). ... to the poem from these chapters and other places in prophetic literature and the Hebrew Bible more generally; see I Maccabees, 491.

Title:Between Temple and Torah
Author:Martha Himmelfarb
Publisher:Mohr Siebeck - 2013-01-01


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