Author Archives: Isaac Oliver

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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E. Schwartz Reviews Balaam in Text and Tradition (J. Robker)

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2020.02.01   Jonathan Miles Robker. Balaam in Text and Tradition. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 131. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019. ISBN: 978-3-16-156355-3. Pp. xiii + 402. 124.00 €. Cloth.   Ethan Schwartz Harvard University   Balaam son of Beor is one of the most elusive and captivating characters in the Hebrew Bible. Known best ...

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B. Allen Reviews Divine Wrath and Salvation in Matthew (A. Runesson)

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.11.12   Anders Runesson. Divine Wrath and Salvation in Matthew: The Narrative World of the First Gospel. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8006-9959-8. Pp. 544. $99. Hardcover.    Brian Allen   For nearly two thousand years euangelion (good news) has been proclaimed, first by Jesus and his Jewish followers, and later by the Christian ...

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J. C. Verrecchia on Messianism

  Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.11.11   David Hamidović, Xavier Levieils, Christophe Mézange, eds. Encyclopédie des messianismes juifs dans l’Antiquité. Biblical Tools and Studies 33. Leuven: Peeters, 2017. ISBN: 9789042935549. Pp. 527. 94 €. Hardcover.   Matthew V. Novenson, The Grammar of Messianism. An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9780190255022. Pp. ...

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R. Rodríguez Reviews Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature (M. Warren)

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.11.10   Meredith J. C. Warren, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature. Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series 14. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781628372380. Pp. xv + 189. $29.95. Paperback.   Rafael Rodríguez Johnson University   Intellectual discourse, of both the ancient and the modern varieties, prefers to conduct itself ...

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Ze’ev Maghen Reviews Zayd (by David Powers)

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.08.10   David S. Powers, Zayd. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780812246179. Pp. 192. $59.95 USD. Cloth.   Ze’ev Maghen Professor of Persian Language and Islamic History Bar-Ilan University   The salience and significance of Judeo-Christian topoi in early Islamic historiography cannot be overstated.  The many latter-day attempts (most of them ...

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Isaac Oliver Reviews The Ways That Often Parted

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.07.09   Lori Baron, Jill Hicks-Keeton, and Matthew Thiessen, eds. The Ways That Often Parted: Essays in Honor of Joel Marcus. Atlanta:SBL Press, 2018. ISBN: 9781628372168. Pp. 432. $61.95. Paperback.   Isaac W. Oliver Dept. Philosophy & Religious Studies Bradley University   In memory of my father, Benoni Batista de Oliveira ז”ל   ...

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Miruna Belea Reviews Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.08.08    Yuval Harari, Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah, trans. by Batya Stein. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9780814336304. Pp. 604. $64.99. Paper Cased.   Miruna Belea Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures Universität Hamburg   Jewish Magic before the Rise of the Kabbalah begins with a counterintuitive ...

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Ilaria Ramelli Reviews Apocryphités: Études sur les textes et les traditions scripturaires du judaïsme du christianisme anciens

    Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2019.05.07   Pierluigi Piovanelli, Apocryphités: Études sur les textes et les traditions scripturaires du judaïsme et du christianisme anciens. Judaïsme ancien et origines du christianisme 7. Turnhout: Brepols, 2016. ISBN: 978-2-503-56883-6. Pp. 568. 100 EUR. Paperback.   Ilaria L.E. Ramelli Catholic University – Angelicum – Erfurt MWK – Oxford This is a collection ...

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