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Jewish Studies

Martha Himmelfarb

Between Temple and Torah

Essays on Priests, Scribes, and Visionaries in the Second Temple Period and Beyond

[Zwischen Tempel und Tora. Aufsätze zu Priestertum, Schriftgelehrten und Visionären zur Zeit des zweiten Tempels und danach.]

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Martha Himmelfarb's articles in this volume treat topics in Second Temple Judaism and the development and reception of Second Temple traditions in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Topics include purity laws of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism and Hellenism, heavenly ascent, and the pseudepigrapha and medieveal Jewish literature.
This volume contains articles by Martha Himmelfarb on topics in Second Temple Judaism and the development and reception of Second Temple traditions in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. The section on »Priests, Temples, and Torah« addresses the themes of its title in texts from the Bible to the Mishnah. »Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls« contains articles analyzing the intensification of the biblical purity laws, particularly the laws for genital discharge, in the major legal documents from the Scrolls. In »Judaism and Hellenism« the author explores the relationship between these two ancient cultures by examining the ancient and modern historiography of the Maccabean Revolt and the role of the Torah in ancient Jewish adaptations of Greek culture. The last two sections of the volume follow texts and traditions of the Second Temple period into late antiquity and the Middle Ages. The articles in »Heavenly Ascent« consider the relationship between the ascent apocalypses of the Second Temple period and later works involving heavenly ascent, particularly the hekhalot texts. In the final section, »The Pseudepigrapha and Medieval Jewish Literature,« Himmelfarb investigates evidence for knowledge of works of the Second Temple period by medieval Jews with consideration of the channels by which the works might have reached these later readers.

Martha Himmelfarb Born 1952; PhD from the University of Pennsylvania; currently William H. Danforth Professor of Religion, Princeton University, Princeton.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Rundschau — 79 (2014), S. 1–34 (Michael Tilly)
In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 48 (2017), pp. 124–125 (Didier Luciani)
In: Salesianum — 75 (2013), S. 369–370 (Rafael Vicent)
In: Biblische Notizen — 163 (2014), S. 138–139 (Thomas Hieke)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 2016, S. 100 (Hermann Michael Niemann)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (02/2015) (L. Michael Morales)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 140 (2015), S. 483–485 (Claudia Losekam)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 125 (2013), S. 690 (B. Ego)
In: PaRDeS — 2014, Heft 20, S. 151–154 (Bill Rebiger)
In: Studia Biblica Athanasiana — 14 (2013), S. 225 (X.G.)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — 95 (2015), S. 368–369 (Ch. Grappe)
In: Reviews of the Enoch Seminar — (5/2016) (Joshua Scott)
In: Religious Studies Review — 42 (2016), S. 121–122 (Jonathon Lookadoo)