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Author Najman, Hindy.

Title Past renewals : interpretative authority, renewed revelation, and the quest for perfection in Jewish antiquity / by Hindy Najman
Published Leiden, NL : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 270 pages)
Series Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism ; v. 53
Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism ; v. 53
Contents The symbolic significance of writing in ancient Judaism -- Interpretation as primordial writing: Jubilees and its authority conferring strategies -- Torah of Moses: pseudonymous attribution in Second Temple writings -- The law of nature and the authority of Mosaic law -- A written copy of the law of nature: an unthinkable paradox? -- Angels at Sinai: exegesis, theology and interpretive authority -- Towards a study of the uses of the concept of wilderness in ancient Judaism -- Between heaven and earth: liminal visions in 4 Ezra -- Philosophical contemplation and revelatory inspiration in ancient Judean traditions -- Reconsidering Jubilees: prophecy and exemplarity -- Cain and Abel as character traits: a study in the allegorical typology of Philo of Alexandria -- The quest for perfection in ancient Judaism -- How should we contextualize pseudepigrapha? Imitation and emulation in 4 Ezra -- Text and figure in ancient Jewish paideia
Summary How did ancient Jewish authors claim authority for their interpretations? How, after the a oeend of prophecya, could they claim the authority of revelation? Whom did one have to be, or aspire to be, in order to merit authority? Hindy Najman addresses these questions through close readings of ancient Jewish texts, e.g., Ezra-Nehemiah, Philo of Alexandria, 4Ezra, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Jubilees. In Seconding Sinai (Brill, 2003), Najman reconceived pseudepigraphy, developing the idea of a Mosaic discourse that comprised a series of ancient texts attributed to Moses. Here she develops the broader n
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Subject Philo, of Alexandria.
Bible. Old Testament -- Canon.
Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish -- History -- To 1500.
Book of Jubilees -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Authority -- Religious aspects -- Judaism -- History -- To 1500
Jewish law -- Decision making -- History -- To 1500.
Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism.
Rabbis -- Office -- History -- To 1500.
Tradition (Judaism) -- History -- To 1500.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009054006
ISBN 900418046X (cloth)
9004180486 (electronic bk.)
9789004180468 (cloth)
9789004180482 (electronic bk.)