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|Title: 1 Enoch 1-36 & 81-108: Hermeneia, a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible|
By: George W.E. Nickelsburg
Number of Pages: 650
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 9.50 X 8.25 (inches)|
Weight: 3 pounds 11 ounces
Series: Hermeneia Commentary
Stock No: WW60749
The first exhaustive commentary on this work since 17731 Enoch is one of the most intriguing books in the Pseudepigrapha (Israelite works outside the Hebrew canon). It was originally written in Aramaic and is comprised of several smaller works, incorporating traditions from the three centuries before the Common Era. Employing the name of the ancient patriach Enoch, the Aramaic text was translated into Greek and then into Ethiopic. But as a whole, it is a classic example of revelatory (apocalyptic) literature and an important collection of Jewish literature from the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
This volume represents the culmination of three decades' work on the Book of 1 Enoch for Nickelsburg. He provides detailed commentary on each passage in chapters 1-36 and 81-108, and an introduction to the full work. The introduction includes sections on overviews of each of the smaller collections, texts and manuscripts, literary aspects, worldview and religious thought, the history of ideas and social contexts, usage in later Jewish and Christian literatures, and a survey of the modern study of the book. (Volume 2 will cover chapters 37-80 and will be written by Nickelsburg and James VanderKam.)
George W. E. Nickelsburgis Emeritus Professor of Religion at the University of Iowa, where he taught for more than three decades. He is the author of seventy articles and several hundred dictionary and encyclopedia entries. Among his many works are Early Judaism and Its Modern Interpreters (co-editor; 1986), Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah, 2nd ed. (Fortress Press, 2005), and Early Judaism: Texts and Documents on Faith and Piety, Revised Edition (co-editor; Fortress Press, 2009).
Klaus Baltzer is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament in the Protestant Faculty of the University of Munich, Germany. He is author of The Covenant Formulary, (Fortress Press, 1971) and Die Biographie der Propheten (1975). He is also on the Old Testament Editorial Board of the Hermeneia series.
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