By Gerbem S. Oegema

ISBN-10: 0802864449

ISBN-13: 9780802864444

Gerbern Oegema has lengthy been interested in the noncanonical literature of early Judaism literature written through the time among the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony (300 b.c.e.200 c.e.). those works, a lot of which were misplaced, forgotten, and rediscovered, are actually being studied with ever-increasing enthusiasm by way of students and scholars alike.
Although a lot contemporary realization has been given to the literary and ancient advantages of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and different deutero- and extracanonical writings, Early Judaism and sleek tradition indicates that it's also vital to check those literary works from a theological viewpoint. in this case, Oegema considers the reception of early Jewish writings all through background and identifies their theological contributions to many problems with perennial value: ethics, politics, gender family members, interreligious discussion, and extra. Oegema demonstrates decisively that those books greater than basically items of educational interest have genuine theological and cultural relevance for church buildings, synagogues, and society at huge today.

Through attractive phrases, Gerbern Oegema invitations his readers to understand the colourful and complex international of the early Jews and the way they've got left us insights and visions for contemporary culture.
James H. Charlesworth
Princeton Theological Seminary

In an period while biblical theology is often approached from a slender canonical point of view, Oegemas demonstration of the theological and historic value of the noncanonical writings of historical Judaism is clean and important.
John J. Collins
Yale Divinity School

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