Daily Deal -- Michael Stone's "Ancient Judaism"

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 2 2013 8:03 PM

Today's Daily Deal at https://twitter.com/Logos could be worth checking out if you're interested in the Second Temple literature:

  • Stone, Michael E. Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

Michael Stone wrote the Hermeneia commentary on 4 Ezra, and has a strong endorsement from Nickelsburg (Enoch commentaries in Hermenenia).

His preface (ix) says:

My chief motivation is a desire to engage some assumptions and axiomatic beliefs that have helped determine the directions of scholarship in the field during the last half-century.

TOC:

1.    Our Perception of Origins: New Perspectives on the Context of Christian Origins
2.    Adam and Enoch and the State of the World
3.    Apocalyptic Historiography
4.    Visions And Pseudepigraphy
5.    Bible and Apocrypha
6.    Multiform Transmission and Authorship
7.    The Transmission of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Bibliography
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Ancient Sources

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 2 2013 8:17 PM

I was hoping this one would be it, but I guess they made a mistake...bummer, the sample pages looked very practical for Sunday school lessons:

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The code didn't work and the link pointed to the Ancient Judaism resource.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 2 2013 8:19 PM

More information here: http://www.academia.edu/1905678/Review_of_Michael_E._Stone_Ancient_Judaism_New_Visions_and_Views_Eerdmans_2011_

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 2 2013 8:33 PM

Thank you Allen!

It's comfortably sitting now on my L3. Nice.


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Is Mebin | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 12:30 AM

Thank you AB for this post...I pre-ordered this book in paper and really enjoyed it...now glad to have it in L5 at this low price...I can't work Twitter out so I would have missed it...God bless mate!

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 2:08 AM

Mark Smith:

bah.. you have to sign to Facebook or Google+ !!!

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 8:53 AM

No. I did not. If you want to download it you do. Click away from the sign-in and you can read it online.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 9:19 AM

I've begun reading it; Stone speaks to the problem of orthodoxy filtering earlier history and the survival of text.

I'm wondering which direction he will proceed. Doubt he's into 'lost Christianities'.

But I've always wondered how Enoch survived so well, and why. Epistle of Barnabas. Hermes. Earlier christians definitely didn't think like we do. 

It's almost like the past is by definition, heretical.


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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 9:59 AM

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I almost missed it and that would have been a shame. Looks like an interesting read.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 10:36 AM

Denise:
I've begun reading it; Stone speaks to the problem of orthodoxy filtering earlier history and the survival of text.

A seemingly logical but not necessarily true supposition. According to the review I pointed to above, he will go on to suggest that we need lots more evidence from sources outside the 'orthodox' tradition to vet the final product produced by orthodoxy. But since he admits those are lacking, he begs the question. One also has to answer the question of when and how orthodoxy got its start. Was it formed without reference to texts and traditions? How and why did those eventually 'orthodox' traditions and texts come to be seen that way? Your reading may help answer such questions, but this certainly seemed like a tome for academia.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 10:40 AM

Denise:
It's almost like the past is by definition, heretical.

That is what seems to be the rule in contemporary scholarship. Don't trust those in authority. They (those in authority) are only interested in preserving their status not in the truth. Thank God we now have people in the university solely committed to the truth and not their status or reputation! If I sound jaded, I am.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 3 2013 4:47 PM

Ok, Mark. You sound jaded.

But in defense of Mr Stone (whose prior book I didn't agree with), I think he's concentrating in 2ndTemple if I'm not mistaken.  I suppose I could read faster!

EDIT: L3 delivers!

Chapter 1: Our Perception of Origins: New Perspectives on the Context of Christian Origins
The Time and Place
Spectacles of Orthodoxy
The Sources and Their Transmission
What Comes Next?
Apocryphal Traditions and Their Transmission


Chapter 2: Adam and Enoch and the State of the World
Introductory Remarks: The Problem
The Priestly-Noachic Tradition: Qahat
Aramaic Levi Document and Qahat
4Q542 Testament of Qahat
Teaching Descended from Noah
Book(s) of Noah
The Priestly-Noah Tradition in the Qumran Library
The Enochic Axis
Axis of Adam and Eve
Implications of Adam and Enoch


Chapter 3: Apocalyptic Historiography
Periodization and Pattern: 70 Years and 4 Kingdoms
Typological Numbers
Origins of Jewish Eschatology
The Nature of the Jewish Apocalypses and Deuteronomic Ideas
Historical Order and Transcendence
Division of History into Fixed Parts
Typology as Structuring
Vaticinium Ex Eventu about past History and Vaticinium about the Rest
Transformations


Chapter 4: Visions and Pseudepigraphy
Scholars’ Attitudes to Apocalypses as Visions
Religious Experience in Scholarly Analysis
Religious Experience in 4 Ezra
The Significance of “Ezra’s” Vision
The Four Objections Reconsidered
“Ezra” and the Author: Vision and Cultural Language
Pseudepigraphy
Pseudepigraphy in General
Pseudepigraphy in the Apocalypses
The Pseudepigraphic Figure of Enoch
Explanations of Pseudepigraphy
Pseudepigraphy and the Normative Written Tradition
Pseudepigraphy and Social Matrix


Chapter 5: Bible and Apocrypha
The Makeup of the Hebrew Bible
The Torah and the Prophets
Associated Problems
Torah
Prophets
Social Role
Evolution of the Concept of Canon
Status of Torah
Revelation Was Multiform in the Period of the Second Temple
Tradition History
First Conclusions
Conclusions 1: The Privileged Position of the Torah
Conclusions 2: The Idea of Canon
The Dead Sea Scrolls, Canon, and Codicology
The Date of the Greek Translation of the Torah
“Rewritten Bibles” and the Torah
Authoritative Books at Qumran
Conclusions


Chapter 6: Multiform Transmission and Authorship
The Issue of Textual Clusters
The Adam Literature
The Esdras and Sedrach Literature
The Elijah Apocryphon
Patterns and Contexts of Authoring
Chapter 7: The Transmission of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Sources Transmitted in Continuous Tradition
The “Rediscovery” of Apocryphal Literature
The Book of Asaph the Physician and Medieval Transmission
Ancient Jewish Greek Translations
Translation, Composition, and Jewish Greek Style
Christian Transmission
Modern Scholarship and Future Challenges


Bibliography
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Ancient Sources
Hebrew Bible
New Testament
Ancient and Medieval Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
Dead Sea Scrolls
Rabbinic Literature
Other Ancient and Medieval Sources


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