Author Archives: Isaac Oliver

Albert Baumgarten reviews “Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast” by Aaron Hughes

Neusner Bio Aaron Hughes blend

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2017.03.04 Aaron W. Hughes, Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast. New York: New York University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4798-8585-5. Pp. 319. $35.00. Hardcover. Albert I. Baumgarten Bar Ilan University  i Aaron Hughes’ book, Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast opens with the observation that: Jacob Neusner is one of the most important scholars in the history ...

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Rewriting Ancient Jewish History

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2017.02.03 Amram Tropper, Rewriting Ancient Jewish History: The History of the Jews in Roman Times and the New Historical Method. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. ISBN: 1138641480. Pp. viii + 220. $140.00. Hardback. Joshua Schwartz Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan, Israel As I sat down to write this review, I could not but think of Prof. Jacob ...

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Resurrection, Hell and the Afterlife

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2017.02.02                  Mark Finney, Resurrection, Hell and the Afterlife: Body and Soul in Antiquity, Judaism and Early Christianity. New York and London: Routledge, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-138-64765-7. 203 pp. $140.00 cloth/ebook. John Granger Cook LaGrange College Mark Finney’s short monograph on resurrection, hell, and the afterlife in ancient paganism, Judaism, and ...

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People under Power: Early Jewish and Christian Responses to the Roman Empire

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2017.02.01 Michael Labahn and Outi Lehtipuu, eds., People under Power: Early Jewish and Christian Responses to the Roman Empire. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015. ISBN:9789089645890. Pp 272. € 99,00. Hardback. Nadav Sharon The Hebrew University of Jerusalem The purpose of this volume is to present a variety of ancient Jewish and Christian responses to the ...

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Paul the Jew

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.12.15 Gabriele Boccaccini and Carlos A. Segovia, Paul The Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016. ISBN: 9781451479805. Pp 386. $79.00. Hardcover. George Carras Washington and Lee University This volume rereads Paul as a Jew; it is timely, contextual, historical, and offers current developments in one of the ...

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Paul and the Gentile Problem

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.12.14 Matthew Thiessen, Paul and the Gentile Problem. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-19-027175-6. Pp 336. $74.00. Hardcover. Kathy Ehrensperger Research Professor of the New Testament in Jewish Context Abraham Geiger College School of Jewish Theology University of Potsdam, Germany In conversation with a wide range of scholars, Matthew Thiessen presents a rich volume ...

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Renaming Abraham’s Children

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.12.13 Robert B. Foster, Renaming Abraham’s Children: Election, Ethnicity, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Romans 9. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 421. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-16-154483-5. Pp XVIII + 327. 89.00 €. Sewn paper. Paula Fredriksen The Hebrew University, Jerusalem Who is the “Israel” that Paul claims will be saved, ...

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Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.10.11 Michael Avioz, Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel. Library of Second Temple Studies 86. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN: 9780567608802. Pp. v + 254. $112.00. Hardback. Yonatan Binyam Florida State University While recent decades have seen an increase in the scholarly attention paid to portions of Josephus’s rewriting of biblical texts, relatively few ...

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Paul and the Apocalyptic Triumph

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.10.12 Michael E. Peach, Paul and the Apocalyptic Triumph: An Investigation of the Usage of Jewish and Greco-Roman Imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13–18. Apocalypticism: Cross-disciplinary Approaches 1. New York/Bern: Peter Lang, 2016. ISBN: 9781454190097. Pp XII + 198. $83.95. Hardback. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez Brite Divinity School In this study, Michael E. Peach argues that Paul skillfully ...

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BibleWorks 10

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2016.10.09 BibleWorks 10. Copyright © 1992-2015 BibleWorks, LLC. Programmed by Michael S. Bushell, Michael D. Tan, and Glenn L. Weaver. $389.00. USB Flash Drive/Download. Isaac W. Oliver Bradley University For many years, I have used BibleWorks for personal research and classroom instruction. Over the years this software program has continued to evolve in its complexity, a reflection ...

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