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Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2
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Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2

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Eerdmans 2018

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Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology offers more than seventy selections from Second Temple-era Jewish literature, each introduced and translated by a leading scholar in the field. Organized by genre, this two-volume anthology presents both complete works and substantial excerpts of longer works, giving readers a solid introduction to the major works of the era—the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the writings of Josephus and Philo of Alexandria, and the Septuagint (Apocrypha).

The substantive introduction to each selection includes these elements: narrative description; author/provenance; date/occasion; text, language, sources, and transmission; theology; and reception during the Second Temple period. Additional student aids include a list of further readings on each selection, a section of maps, a glossary of biographical names, and a glossary of terms. With contributors and translators including such noted scholars as James Charlesworth, Sidnie White Crawford, James D.G. Dunn, Peter W. Flint, and James VanderKam, this anthology will be an essential resource for all students of early Jewish literature and emerging Christian traditions.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Makes accessible in English translation a wide variety of Ancient Jewish literature
  • Provides insight into the context of the New Testament with primary sources
  • Substantive and extensive introductions help orientate the reader to the texts


  • Volume One
    • Scriptural Texts and Traditions
    • Interpretive History
    • Romanticized Narrative
    • Biblical Interpretation and Rewritten Scripture
  • Volume Two
    • Wisdom Literature and Legal Texts
    • Apocalyptic Literature
    • Psalms, Hymns, and Prayers
    • Testamentary Literature

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About the Editors

Archie T. Wright is associate professor of biblical studies at Regent University.

Brad Embry is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament studies at Regent University.

Ronald Herms is dean of the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences at Fresno Pacific University.

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