Description: Gerbern Oegema has long been drawn to the noncanonical literature of early Judaism ó literature written between 300 b.c.e. and 200 c.e. These works, many of which have been lost, forgotten, and rediscovered, are now being studied with ever-increasing enthusiasm by scholars and students alike.
Although much recent attention has been given to the literary and historical merits of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and other deutero- and extracanonical writings, Early Judaism and Modern Culture shows that it is also important to study these literary works from a theological perspective. To that end, Oegema considers the reception of early Jewish writings throughout history and identifies their theological contributions to many issues of perennial importance: ethics, politics, gender relations, interreligious dialogue, and more. Oegema demonstrates decisively that these books ó more than merely objects of academic curiosity ó have real theological and cultural relevance for churches, synagogues, and society at large today.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism
Review by Greg Carey
Citation: Greg Carey, review of Gerbern S. Oegema, Early Judaism and Modern Culture: Literature and Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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