Author Archives: Isaac Oliver

Gavin McDowell Reviews Josephus and the Rabbis

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.02.05   Tal Ilan and Vered Noam in collaboration with Meir Ben Shahar, Daphne Baratz, and Yael Fisch. Josephus and the Rabbis. 2 volumes. Between Bible and Mishnah. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2017. ISBN: 9789652174031. Pp. 965. $60 USD. Hardback. [Hebrew].   Gavin McDowell Université Laval Tal Ilan and Vered Noam—with the collaboration of Meir ...

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Eric Crégheur Reviews The Old Testament in Manichaean Tradition

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.02.04    Nils Arne Pedersen, René Falkenberg, John Møller Larsen, Claudia Leurini. The Old Testament in Manichaean Tradition: The Sources in Syriac, Greek, Coptic, Middle Persian, Parthian, Sogdian, New Persian, and Arabic, with an Appendix on General References to the Bible. Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum: Series Biblia Manichaica 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. ISBN: 978-2-503-57773-9. Pp. xlvi + ...

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Lester Grabbe Reviews The Making of Jewish Universalism (Simkovich)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.01.03   Malka Z. Simkovich. The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017. ISBN: 1498542425. Pp. 216. $80 USD. Hardback.     Lester L. Grabbe University of Hull   [For a response by Malka Z. Simkovich, please see the comments that follow below]   Originally a Brandeis PhD thesis, this ...

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Joseph Scales Reviews In Search of the Promised Land (Berthelot)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.01.02   Berthelot, Katell. In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy. Translated by Margaret Rigaud. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements 24. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018. ISBN: 978-3-525-55252-0. Pp. 494.    Joseph Scales University of Birmingham   Katell Berthelot’s substantial work addresses a common assumption in treatments ...

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James F. McGrath Reviews From Sasanian Mandaeans to Sabians (van Bladel)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.01.01   Kevin T. van Bladel. From Sasanian Mandaeans to Ṣābians of the Marshes. Leiden: Brill, 2017. ISBN: 978-90-04-33943-9. Pp. 154. EUR €40.00 / USD $46.00. Paperback.   James F. McGrath Butler University, Indianapolis   Kevin van Bladel’s book From Sasanian Mandaeans to Ṣābians of the Marshes, published in the E. J. Brill series Leiden Studies ...

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Juan Carlos Ossandón Reviews The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2018.11.10    Edmon L. Gallagher and John D. Meade. The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. £35/€40. ISBN 9780198792499. Pp. 359. Hardcover.   Juan Carlos Ossandón Pontificia Università della Santa Croce Italy   Edmon L. Gallagher (Associate Professor of Christian Scripture, Heritage Christian University in Florence, ...

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Andrew Higginbotham Reviews Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2018.11.09   David M. Grossberg. Heresy and the Formation of the Rabbinic Community. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 168. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017. ISBN:  978-3-16-155147-5. 277 + x. €129. Cloth.   Andrew Higginbotham Ivy Tech Community College – Riverfront Lawrenceburg, IN   David M. Grossberg enters boldly into the present conversation over the ...

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Rebecca Denova Reviews Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels (Stuckenbruck & Boccaccini)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2018.09.08 Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Gabriele Boccaccini, eds. Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels:  Reminiscences, Allusions, Intertextuality. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016. ISBN:  9780884141198. Pp. 447. $82.95. Hardcover.   Rebecca Denova University of Pittsburgh Founded in 2001 by Gabriele Boccaccini, the Enoch Seminar is based in the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies at the University of ...

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Mark Kinzer Reviews Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (Fredriksen)

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2018.07.07 Paula Fredriksen. Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9780300225884. Pp. 336. $35.00   Mark S. Kinzer Messianic Jewish Theological Institute   One of the most creative currents in the world of recent Pauline scholarship is that which seeks to situate the apostle so thoroughly in his Second-Temple Jewish context ...

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Gavin McDowell Reviews Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Traditions (Kulik & Minov)

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2018.06.05   Alexander Kulik & Sergey Minov. Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Traditions. Oxford: OUP, 2016. ISBN: 9780199590940. Pp. 224. $125. Hardcover.    Gavin McDowell Université Laval   Alexander Kulik’s and Sergey Minov’s Biblical Pseudepigrapha in Slavonic Tradition is an important and necessary volume on the extrabiblical traditions prevalent in the literature of Eastern Europe. ...

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