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Early Judaism and Modern Culture: Literature and Theology
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Early Judaism and Modern Culture: Literature and Theology


Eerdmans 2011

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Although much recent attention has been given to the literary and historical merits of the apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, and other deutero- and extracanonical writings, Early Judaism and Modern Culture shows that it is also important to study these literary works from a theological perspective. To that end, Oegema considers the reception of early Jewish writings throughout history and identifies their theological contributions to many issues of perennial importance: ethics, politics, gender relations, interreligious dialogue, and more. Oegema demonstrates decisively that these books—more than merely objects of academic curiosity—have real theological and cultural relevance for churches, synagogues, and society at large today.

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Key Features

  • Explores the apocrypha, pseudipgrapha, and other deutero- and extracanonical writings from a theological perspective
  • Provides theological and cultural relevance of noncanonical literature of early Judaism
  • Discusses ethics, politics, gender relations, interreligious dialogue, and more


  • Introduction: Noncanonical Writings between Early Judaism and Early Christianity
  • The Status Quaestionis: A Brief History of Research on Early Judaism
  • Early Judaism and Modern Culture: The Unanswered Questions
  • Early Judaism and the Bible
  • Early Judaism and Philosophy
  • Early Judaism and the Politics of Identity
  • Early Judaism and the Literary World
  • Early Judaism and Gender
  • Early Judaism and Ethics
  • Early Judaism and Interreligious Dialogue
  • Early Judaism between Tradition and Politics
  • Early Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism
  • Early Judaism and the Early Church
  • Postscript: Early Judaism and Modern Culture: A Theological Approach

Praise for the Print Edition

Through engaging words, Gerbern Oegema invites his readers to appreciate the vibrant and advanced world of the early Jews and how they have left us insights and visions for modern culture.

—James H. Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary

In an era when biblical theology is commonly approached from a narrow canonical perspective, Oegema’s demonstration of the theological and historical significance of the noncanonical writings of ancient Judaism is refreshing and important.

—John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School

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About Gerbern S. Oegema

Gerbern S. Oegema is professor of biblical studies at McGill University, Montreal. He is the author of The Anointed and His People: Messianic Expectations from the Maccabees to Bar Kochba.

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