Early and Rabbinic Judaism

I've been doing some readings in the Midrashim (Rabbinic biblical exegesis) this quarter and have thereby had Rabbinic Judaism on the brain for several weeks.  In addition, over the course of the last year or so, I've also had the literature of early Judaism intriguing me more and more (the so-called Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical works). … Continue reading Early and Rabbinic Judaism

The complexities of biblical (and extrabiblical) authorship

John has a great post over at Ancient Hebrew Poetry working through the subtleties and (in)appropriateness of the term "pseudepigraphic."  This is a very thoughtful approach and reminded me of the chapter "Authorship in Antiquity: Practice and Perception" in Karel Van Der Toorn's book, Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible. I'll need… Continue reading The complexities of biblical (and extrabiblical) authorship