Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views by Michael E. Stone

By Michael E. Stone

Ancient Judaism questions a large variety of easy assumptions made by means of scholars of moment Temple Judaism and demands a thorough rethinking of methods to Jewish historical past experiences. Michael Stone demanding situations theologically conditioned histories of old Judaism devised by way of later orthodoxies, no matter if Jewish or Christian, and he stresses the significance of figuring out spiritual event as a significant factor within the composition of historic spiritual records. Addressing the lifeless Sea Scrolls and apocalyptic literature in addition to fresh theories, Stone emphasizes the lovely complexity of either the uncooked information and the ensuing photograph of Judaism in antiquity.

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In Jewish texts this is found in 2 Enoch, while Christian materials, taking up Hebrews 7, make the line of Melchizedek a rival to the Aaronid line, which Christ sup­ planted. 12 This elevated role of Melchizedek, however, was not a Christian which are grist to the mill of scholars of the Hebrew Bible. , Sarna, Genesis, 109; von Rad, Genesis, 174-81; Hamilton, The Book of Genesis: Chapters 1-17, 408-16. With the isolated and shrouded figure of Genesis 14 we should compare the equally unparalleled verse in Ps 110:4.

They are not documented here, but some idea of their importance can be gained from van der Horst, An­ cient Jewish Epitaphs; "Jews and Christians in Aphrodisias"; and Brooten, Women Leaders in the Ancient Synagogue. See the catalogue being edited by David Noy, Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis; and Horbury and Noy, Jewish Inscriptions of Graeco-Roman Egypt. There are fur­ ther volumes in this series. 19 Ancient Judaism 50. to the usual problems that historians face in the interpretation of ancient documents are added those that arise from the fact that very many of the source documents are translations whose originals have perished.

49:10 has clear royal associations referring to sceptre, ruler's staff and tribute.

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