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By Martha Himmelfarb

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This quantity includes articles via Martha Himmelfarb on issues in moment Temple Judaism and the advance and reception of moment Temple traditions in overdue antiquity and the center a while. The part on "Priests, Temples, and Torah” addresses the topics of its identify in texts from the Bible to the Mishnah. "Purity within the lifeless Sea Scrolls” includes articles examining the intensification of the biblical purity legislation, relatively the legislation for genital discharge, within the significant felony records from the Scrolls. In "Judaism and Hellenism” the writer explores the connection among those old cultures via interpreting the traditional and sleek historiography of the Maccabean riot and the position of the Torah in old Jewish variations of Greek tradition. The final sections of the quantity persist with texts and traditions of the second one Temple interval into past due antiquity and the center a long time. The articles in "Heavenly Ascent” ponder the connection among the ascent apocalypses of the second one Temple interval and later works regarding heavenly ascent, really the hekhalot texts. within the ultimate part, "The Pseudepigrapha and Medieval Jewish Literature,” Himmelfarb investigates proof for wisdom of works of the second one Temple interval through medieval Jews with attention of the channels during which the works may need reached those later readers.

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2). C. Werman has recently argued for direct dependence at some length; she does not find the visit to Isaac worrisome for her position (“Levi and Levites,” 216–24; on the visit to Isaac, 220). 43 For a recent discussion of this chapter, see Werman, “Jubilees 30: Building a Paradigm for the Ban on Intermarriage,” HTR 90 (1997): 1–22. 38 2. Levi, Phinehas, and the Problem of Intermarriage treachery by claiming that the punishment of the Shechemites had been decreed in heaven (30:4–6). But for Aramaic Levi, Levi’s defense of endogamy serves as a prelude to the defense of a more restrictive set of rules for marriage for priests.

After his ascent to heaven, Enoch undertakes a journey to the ends of the earth with angels as his guides. This journey concludes the Book of the Watchers, and it takes up almost half the work. The companionship of the angels reinforces the point made by the ascent that Enoch is fit company for angels. The tour includes many wonderful sights, and one major function of the tour, made explicit at the end, is to assert God’s greatness as creator. And when I saw, I blessed, and I will always bless the Lord of Glory who has made great and glorious wonders that he might show the greatness of his work to angels and to the souls of men, that they might praise his work, and that all his creatures might see the work of his power and praise the great work of his hands and bless him for ever.

29 As we have seen, both hold that the high priest may marry only a virgin from a priestly family 22 Sharpe, “Phinean Zeal,” 216, esp.  10.  54. 24 Sharpe, “Phinean Zeal,” 217. 25 Sharpe, “Phinean Zeal,” 216–17, esp.  12. 26 See especially her suggestion that the halakhah for liquid streams “has relatively transparent metaphorical implications for sexual mingling with a Gentile spouse” (Sharpe, “Phinean Zeal,” 219).  54. 174.  54, complains. 23 Or 34 2. 277). 111). In the passage in Jewish Antiquities, Josephus agrees with Philo.

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