Author Archives: Isaac Oliver

Joseph Scales Reviews Identity and Territory: Jewish Perceptions of Space in Antiquity (Eyal Ben-Eliyahu)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2021.01.05 Eyal Ben-Eliyahu. Identity and Territory: Jewish Perceptions of Space in Antiquity. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019. Pp. Xii + 195. ISBN: 978–0–520–29360–1. $95.00. Hardcover. Joseph ScalesUniversity of Birmingham This volume builds on Eyal Ben-Eliyahu’s previous work, Between Borders (Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2012, published in Hebrew). It is a welcome arrival which brings ...

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Gavin McDowell Reviews Die Kurze Chronographische Paleja

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2021.01.01 Sabine Fahl and Dieter Fahl with the assistance of Evgenij Vodolazkin and Tat’jana Rudi. Die Kurze Chronographische Paleja, Band 1: Kritische Edition mit deutscher Übersetzung, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2019. ISBN 978-3-579-08059-8. Pp. 752. €198. Hardcover. Dieter Fahl, Sabine Fahl, and Christfried Böttrich with the assistance of Michail Shibaev and Ivan Christov. Die Kurze Chronographische ...

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Joshua Scott Reviews Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2021.01.02 Chris Keith, Helen K. Bond, Christine Jacobi, and Jens Schröter, eds. Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. 3 vols. London: T&T Clark, 2020. ISBN: 9780567000194. £ 405. Hardback. Joshua ScottUniversity of Michigan In recent years, approaches to Jesus Studies have broadened to include the interpretive lenses of postcolonialism, social linguistics, gender studies, ...

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Daniel Gurtner Reviews Torah, Temple, and Transaction (Alex Ramos)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2021.01.03 Alex J. Ramos. Torah, Temple, and Transaction: Jewish Religious Institutions and Economic Behavior in Early Roman Galilee. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020. Pp. xxvii + 250. ISBN: 978-1-9787-0450-3. $95.00. Hardback. Daniel M. GurtnerCrestwood, Kentucky This book is the author’s doctoral dissertation from the University of Pennsylvania (2017). In it Ramos examines the role ...

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Christine Hayes Reviews Jesus and the Forces of Death (Matthew Thiessen)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2021.01.04 Matthew Thiessen. Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020. Pp. 256. ISBN: 9781540964878. $35.00. Paperback. Christine HayesYale University Arriving in California to begin my doctoral education in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, I was handed a ...

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J. Jipp Reviews The Message of Paul the Apostle (F. Ábel, ed.)

František Ábel. Editor. The Message of Paul the Apostle Within Second Temple Judaism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2019. 279 + xi pages. ISBN: 978-1-9787-0612-5. $95.00. Hardback. Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.09.06 Joshua W. JippTrinity Evangelical Divinity School This edited volume contains twelve essays, most of which originated as conference proceedings (in Bratislava, Slovakia) and designed to introduce the ...

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N. Mizrahi Reviews Those Who Hold Fast to the Ordinances (L. Goldman)

Liora Goldman. Those Who Hold Fast to the Ordinances: The Qumran Community and Its Exegesis in Light of the Pesharim in the Damascus Document. Jerusalem: Bialik Institute, 2019. ₪ 76. [Hebrew] Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.09.05 Noam MizrahiTel Aviv University I It is one of paradoxes that characterize the field of Qumran studies that, contrary to what one might ...

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J. McWhirter Reviews Jerusalem Crucified (M. Kinzer)

Mark S. Kinzer. Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen: The Resurrected Messiah, the Jewish People, and the Land of Promise. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5326-5337-7. Pp. 325. $39. Paperback. Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.07.04 Jocelyn McWhirterAlbion College In Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen, Mark Kinzer presents a meticulous argument about the indispensable role of the Jewish people, the land of Israel, ...

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J. McGrath Reviews The First Christian Believer (R. Nir)

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.02.03   Rivka Nir. The First Christian Believer: In Search of John the Baptist. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-910928-55-4. Pp. 300. $45. Hardback.   James McGrath Butler University   Rivka Nir’s book The First Christian Believer: In Search of John the Baptist offers a challenge to those who utilize the Gospels ...

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C. Bay Reviews Philo of Alexandria and the Construction of Jewishness (J. Otto)

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.02.02   Jennifer Otto. Philo of Alexandria and the Construction of Jewishness in Early Christian Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-19-882072-7. Pp. xi + 231. Hardcover: $93.   Carson Bay University of Bern    Philo of Alexandria is distinctive both as an ancient Mediterranean author/personality and as an object of scholarly inquiry. ...

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