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Profiling Jewish Literature in Antiquity: An Inventory, from Second Temple Texts to the Talmuds

Alexander Samely, Philip Alexander, Rocco Bernasconi, and Robert Hayward


This book introduces a new system for describing non-biblical ancient Jewish literature. It arises from a fresh empirical investigation into the literary structures of many anonymous and pseudepigraphic sources, including Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha of the Old Testament, the larger Dead Sea Scrolls, Midrash, and the Talmuds. A comprehensive framework of several hundred literary features, based on modern literary studies and text linguistics, allows describing the variety of important text types which characterize ancient Judaism without recourse to vague and superficial genre terms. The featu ... More

Keywords: Literary studies, narrative, discourse, commentary, poetic, text linguistics, hermeneutics, Judaism, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, textuality, Talmud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684328
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Samely, author
Professor of Jewish Thought, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
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Philip Alexander, editor
Professor Emeritus of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature, Manchester University

Rocco Bernasconi, editor
Professor Emeritus of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature, Manchester University

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Part III Commentary on the Inventory

Concluding Remarks

Alexander Samely