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The Library of Second Temple Studies: 2016-2017 (4 vols.)
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The Library of Second Temple Studies is a premier book series that offers cutting-edge work for a readership of scholars, teachers, postgraduate students and advanced undergraduates in the field of Second Temple studies. All the many and diverse aspects of Second Temple study are represented and promoted, including innovative work from historical perspectives, studies using social-scientific and literary theory, and developing theological, cultural and contextual approaches.

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  • Leading scholarship from a diverse field of disciplines
  • In-depth analysis from world-class scholars
  • Covers a wide variety of topics

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Classifying the Aramaic Texts from Qumran: A Statistical Analysis of Linguistic Features

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Analysis of the scroll fragments of the Qumran Aramaic scrolls has been plentiful to date. Their shared characteristics of being written in Aramaic, the common language of the region, not focused on the Qumran Community, and dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE have enabled the creation of a shared identity, distinguishing them from other fragments found in the same place at the same time. This classification, however, could yet be too simplistic as here, for the first time, John Starr applies sophisticated statistical analyses to newly available electronic versions of these fragments. In so doing, Starr presents a potential new classification which comprises six different text types which bear distinctive textual features, and thus is able to narrow down the classification both temporally and geographically.

Starr’s re-visited classification presents fresh insights into the Aramaic texts at Qumran, with important implications for our understanding of the many strands that made up Judaism in the period leading to the writing of the New Testament.

By applying quantitative linguistic approaches to the study of the Aramaic texts from Qumran Starr makes an important contribution to clarifying the linguistic relationship between them.

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

John Starr holds a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He is Professor of Health and Aging at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Phinehas, the Sons of Zadok, and Melchizedek: Priestly Covenant in Late Second Temple Texts

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Dongshin Don Chang examines 1 and 2 Maccabees, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Hebrews to see how the combined concepts of covenant and priesthood are defined and interlinked within various biblical and extra-biblical traditions. The three studies show the interesting and varying dynamics of the use of combined concepts of covenant and priesthood. The articulations of the two entities are shown to reflect, in part, the concern of the Second Temple Jewish authors; how significant the priestly institutions and priesthood were, not only in cultic matters, but also in relation to political and authoritative concerns.

Chang’s analysis makes clear that some of the Second Temple compositions have pursued ideas of the legitimacy of priestly identities by juxtaposing the concepts of covenant and priesthood from various traditions. Interpretation and representation of certain traditions becomes a way in which some Second Temple Jews, and some members of the early Jewish Christian communities, developed their priestly covenantal identities. It is with an understanding of this, Chang argues, that we can better understand these Second Temple texts.

Dongshin Don Chang (PhD, University of Manchester, UK) is an adjunct faculty of Trinity Western University, Canada.

The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview

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This tightly focused collection of essays, from an invited seminar of international specialists, centres on the question of the apocalyptic worldview around the time of the Maccabean revolt. What was the nature of apocalyptic at this time? Did the Maccabees themselves have a distinct apocalyptic worldview? These questions lead to other, more specific queries: who of the various groups held such a view? Certain of the essays analyse the characteristics of the apocalypses and related literature in this period, and whether the apocalyptic worldview itself gave rise to historical events or, at least, influenced them.

The collection begins with two introductory essays. Both the main and short papers have individual responses, and two considered responses by well-known experts address the entire collection. The volume finishes with a concluding chapter by the lead editor that gives a perspective on the main themes and conclusions arising from the papers and discussion.

There is a high level of interaction between the papers, resulting in nuanced discussion of several key issues....A clear guide to the state of several interlocking discussions, and provides useful focus concerning some rather underdetermined issues.

Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

A true gem by virtue of the fact that it does not only present cogent and thought-provoking contributions but also responses to these essays. Thereby, one gets an impression of the very vivacious and productive atmosphere in which these discussions evolved. At the same time, the combination of chapters and responses provides an important glimpse into a scholarly field in which criticism of ideas is a prerequisite for continuous progress.

Journal for the Study of Judaism

Lester L. Grabbe is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull. He is founder and convenor of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology. A recent book is Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know it?

Gabriele Boccaccini is Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Early Rabbinic Literature at the University of Michigan, USA.

Jason M. Zurawski is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Temple Judaism at the University of Michigan, USA. His research focuses on Jewish Hellenistic literature and Jewish paideia during the Second Temple period. He is also the Secretary of the Enoch Seminar.

Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities

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Jessica M. Keady uses insights from social science and gender theory to shed light on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the community at Qumran. Through her analysis Keady shows that it was not only women who could be viewed as an impure problem, but also that men shared these characteristics as well.

The first framework adopted by Keady is masculinity studies, specifically Raewyn Connell’s hegemonic masculinity, which Keady applies to the Rule of the Community (in its 1QS form) and the War Scroll (in its 1QM form), to demonstrate the vulnerable and uncontrollable aspects of ordinary male impurities. Secondly, the embodied and empowered aspects of impure women are revealed through an application of embodiment theories to selected passages from 4QD (4Q266 and 4Q272) and 4QTohorot A (4Q274). Thirdly, sociological insights from Susie Scott’s understanding of the everyday—through the mundane, the routine and the breaking of rules—reveal how impurity disrupts the constructions of daily life. Keady applies Scott’s three conceptual features for understanding the everyday to the Temple Scroll (11QTa) and the Rule of the Congregation (1QSa) to demonstrate the changing dynamics between ordinary impure males and impure females.

Underlying each of these three points is the premise that gender and purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls communities are performative, dynamic and constantly changing.

Jessica M. Keady is Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, UK

About Lester L. Grabbe

Lester L. Grabbe is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Hull. He is founder and convenor of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology. A recent book is Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know it?