Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views by Michael E. Stone

By Michael E. Stone

Ancient Judaism questions a extensive variety of uncomplicated assumptions made by means of scholars of moment Temple Judaism and demands a thorough rethinking of ways to Jewish heritage reports. Michael Stone demanding situations theologically conditioned histories of historic Judaism devised via later orthodoxies, even if Jewish or Christian, and he stresses the significance of knowing non secular event as a significant factor within the composition of historic spiritual files. Addressing the useless Sea Scrolls and apocalyptic literature in addition to contemporary theories, Stone emphasizes the lovely complexity of either the uncooked facts and the ensuing photograph of Judaism in antiquity.

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Reeves has dealt with many aspects of this complex transmission. " Further works are referred to in those articles. 30 CHAPTER 2 Adam and Enoch and the State of the World Introductory Remarks: The Problem The library of Qumran contains, in roughly equal proportions, manuscripts of books of the Bible, manuscripts containing sectarian terminology, and manuscripts not containing sectarian terminology. This latter category in­ cludes copies of some Jewish nonbiblical works that were already known to us through a different channel of transmission, the Christian churches.

84. " 85. , cf. the tradi­ tions traced by John C. , Trajectories in Near Eastern Apocalyptic. 86. Reeves has dealt with many aspects of this complex transmission. " Further works are referred to in those articles. 30 CHAPTER 2 Adam and Enoch and the State of the World Introductory Remarks: The Problem The library of Qumran contains, in roughly equal proportions, manuscripts of books of the Bible, manuscripts containing sectarian terminology, and manuscripts not containing sectarian terminology.

For an exhaustive study of this sort, cooperation is needed between those involved in working on the older Jewish texts and medievalists. Many of these traditions had wide circula­ tion, not only in the East but through the various European languages and cultures as well. Much may well be learned by careful examination of the rich body of Irish apocryphal literature or of popular tradition in Old French, and not just from those that circulated in the Islamicate realm. 82 83 84 85 Just as it is necessary to investigate the way that the Christian churches transmitted these documents and traditions, so too, questions must be asked about their Jewish transmission.

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