OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Jewish Annotated Apocrypha

ISBN : 9780190262488

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Author: 
Jonathan Klawans; Lawrence M. Wills
Pages
744 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
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Building on the success of the Jewish Annotated New Testament (JANT) and the Jewish Study Bible (JSB), Oxford University Press now proceeds to complete the trilogy with the Jewish Annotated Apocrypha (JAA). The books of the Apocrypha were virtually all composed by Jewish writers in the Second Temple period. Excluded from the Hebrew Bible, these works were preserved by Christians. Yet no complete, standalone edition of these works has been produced in English with an emphasis on Jewish tradition or with an educated Jewish audience in mind. The JAA meets this need. The JAA differs from prior editions of the Apocrypha in a number of ways. First, as befits a Jewish Annotated Apocrypha, the volume excludes certain texts that are widely agreed to be of Christian origin. Second, it expands the scope of the volume to include Jubilees, an essential text for understanding ancient Judaism, and a book that merits inclusion in the volume by virtue of the fact that it was long considered part of the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (the text is also revered by Ethiopian Jews). Third, it has restructured the order of the books so that the sequencing follows the logic that governs the order of the books in the Jewish canon (Law, History, Prophecy, Wisdom and Poetry). Each book of the Apocrypha is annotated by a recognized expert in the study of ancient Judaism. An Introduction by the editors guides readers though the making of the volume and its contents. Thematic essays by an impressive array of scholars provide helpful contexts, backgrounds and elaborations on key themes.

Index: 

Contributors
Contents
Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Alphabetical Listing of the Books of the Apocrypha
List of Abbreviations
The Editors' Preface
To the Reader
Introduction
Law
Jubilees
Histories and Stories
1 Esdras
Expanded
Tobit
Judith
1 Maccabees
2 Maccabees
3 Maccabees
Prophecies
Letter of Jeremiah
Baruch
Additions to Daniel [3 Pieces]
Prayer of Azariah/Song of the Three
Susanna
Bel and the Dragon
4 Ezra
Poetry and Wisdom
Psalm 151
Prayer of Manasseh
Wisdom of Solomon
Ben Sira
4 Maccabees
ESSAYS
Social Contexts
The Babylonian and Persian Period: History and Culture
The Hellenistic Period: History and Culture
The Roman Period
Ancient Jewish Sectarianism
The Archaeology of Second Temple Judaism
The Hasmonean State and Ancient Jewish Nationalism
The Apocrypha, Canon, and Literary Contexts
Canon
The Septuagint
Dead Sea Scrolls
The Peshitta and the Syriac Biblical Context
The Apocrypha in Rabbinic Literature
Apocrypha in Medieval Hebrew Literature
Wisdom in the Apocrypha
Literary Approaches to the Apocrypha
The Incredible Expanding Bible: From the Dead Sea Scrolls to Haile Selassie
The Apocrypha and Jewish Life
Torah, Law, and Commandments
Prayer in the Apocrypha
Hanukkah in the Apocrypha
Jewish Heroes and the Apocrypha
Gender
Jewish Theology and the Apocrypha
Evil and Sin
Jewish Identity in the Apocrypha
Truth and Lies in Apocryphal Tales
TIMELINE
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF RULERS
TRANSLATIONS OF ANCIENT TEXTS
GLOSSARY
INDEX

About the author: 

Jonathan Klawans is Professor of Religion at Boston University. He is the author of Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism, Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple, Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism, and Heresy, Forgery, Novelty . Lawrence M. Wills is visiting professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University. His books include The Jewish Novel in the Ancient World, which was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by Choice magazine for academic librarians, and also Not God's People: Insiders and Outsiders in the Biblical World.

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