Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Outside the Bible : Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture [3 VOLUMES, COMPLETE]

Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2013. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10-1/4" x 8-1/4"). 3 thick vols. (6-1/2" of running shelf space). Index. Yellow & brown pictorial boards, lettered in guilt. A fine, as new set.

"The Hebrew Bible is only part of ancient Israel's writings. Another collection of Jewish works has survived from late- and post-biblical times, a great library that bears witness to the rich spiritual life of Jews in that period. This library consists of the most varied sorts of texts: apocalyptic visions and prophecies, folktales and legends, collections of wise sayings, laws and rules of conduct, commentaries on Scripture, ancient prayers, and much, much more. While specialists have studied individual texts or subsections of this library, Outside the Bible seeks for the first time to bring together all of its major components into a single collection, gathering portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the biblical apocrypha, and pseudepigrapha, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus. The editors have brought together these diverse works in order to highlight what has often been neglected; their common Jewish background. For this reason the commentaries that accompany the texts devote special attention to their references to Hebrew Scripture and to issues of halakhah (Jewish law), their allusions to motifs and themes known from later Rabbinic writings in Talmud and Midrash, their evocation of recent or distant events in Jewish history, and their references to other texts in this collection. The work of more than seventy-one contributing experts in a range of fields, Outside the Bible offers new insights into the development of Judaism and early Christianity. This three-volume set of translations, introductions, and detailed commentaries is a must for scholars, students, and anyone interested in this great body of ancient Jewish writings. The collection includes a general introduction and opening essays, new and revised translations, and detailed introductions, commentaries, and notes that place each text in its historical and cultural context. A timeline, tables, and a general index complete the set."-- "An anthology of key texts of ancient Jewish literature from the Second Temple period, including commentary that links to the development of both Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity"--

Contents: volume 1. The Bible translated into Greek (the Septuagint) -- Sustained biblical commentaries: retellings and pesharim -- Greek Jewish interpreters -- The biblical interpretations of Philo -- volume 2. The biblical interpretations of Josephus's Jewish antiquities -- Interpretive texts centering on biblical figures -- Testaments -- Prayers and psalms -- volume 3. Wisdom writings --Philosophical treatises of Philo -- Stories set in biblical and early post-biblical times -- Historical writings set in post-biblical times -- Sectarian texts: community, law, and the end of days. Fine. Item #53352

Price: $250.00

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