The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality is the third of five volumes by William Loader exploring attitudes toward sexuality in Judaism and Christianity during the Greco-Roman era. In this volume Loader investigates in detail a large, diverse collection of more than forty Jewish apocryphal and pseudepigraphal writings and fragments composed between the third century b.c.e. and the end of the first century.
Judith, Tobit, 2 Enoch, Susannah - these and many other writings reveal a complex and fascinating amalgam of attitudes and mores related to sexuality in early Jewish culture. Loader analyzes each book or fragment in its own literary context and draws out significant trends and themes that run through the entire corpus, offering a rich smorgasbord of reflection on sexuality during that period.
John J. Collins,
-Yale Divinity School
Loader's ongoing inventory of passages relating to sexuality in ancient Jewish literature is enriched by sensitive exegetical discussion, making his work an exceptional resource for an emerging field of study.
-Yale Divinity School
William Loader's ambitious project--to study sexuality in the world of ancient Jews and early Christians--is timely and potentially significant for contemporary debates about sexual morality. His rigorous historical approach provides an in-depth study of the primary sources, with attention to all of the concerns that they express about human sexual behavior and identity. This volume on Jewish Pseudepigrapha is a rich resource for anyone interested in the cultural sources of the positions on sexuality adopted by contemporary religious communities.
George J. Brooke,
-University of Manchester
This third volume of Bill Loader's work on sexuality in all the Jewish literary remnants from the Second Temple period is packed with astutely sorted information....With the Decalogue as the touchstone for the control of passion in a rich and varied sexual ethic, the reader is left wondering especially what Jewish women would really have thought about this wide variety of male opinion. Highly stimulating--intellectually, that is.
Kelley Coblentz Bautch,
-St. Edward's University
William Loader's study certainly advances our knowledge of sexuality in the Second Temple and Late Antique periods, and Loader should be congratulated for initiating and undertaking this examination.
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