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The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

Eva Mroczek


The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed a world of early Jewish writing larger than the Bible: from multiple versions of biblical texts to “revealed” books not found in our canon. But despite this diversity, the way we read Second Temple Jewish literature remains constrained by two anachronistic categories: a theological one, “Bible,” and a bibliographic one, “book.” The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity suggests ways of thinking about how Jews understood their own literature before these categories had emerged. Using familiar sources, such as the Psalms, Ben Sira, and Jubilees, ... More

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Canon, Dead Sea Scrolls, Book History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190279837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eva Mroczek, author
Assistant Professor of Premodern Judaism, University of California, Davis