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The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions
Harkins, Angela Kim, Kelley Coblentz Bautch and John C. Endres S.J., editors

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. xiv + 241. $29.00


Description: At the origin of the Watchers tradition is the single enigmatic reference in Genesis 6 to the ďsons of GodĒ who had intercourse with human women, producing a race of giants upon the earth. That verse sparked a wealth of cosmological and theological speculation in early Judaism. Here leading scholars explore the contours of the Watchers traditions through history, tracing their development through the Enoch literature, Jubilees, and other early Jewish and Christian writings. This volume provides a lucid survey of current knowledge and interpretation of one of the most intriguing theological motifs of the Second Temple period.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Ryan E. Stokes
Published 3/9/2016
Citation: Ryan E. Stokes, review of Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, and John C. Endres S.j., eds., The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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