Archive for February 28th, 2008


"The Other in Second Temple Judaism": A Conference in Honor of John Collins

A conference has been organized at Amherst College in honor of my advisor, Prof. John J. Collins:

The Other in Second Temple Judaism
A Conference in Honor of John J. Collins

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2008
The Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002

A native of Ireland, Professor Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His books include The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls; Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age; and The Apocalyptic Imagination. He is co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism and has participated in the editing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is editor of a monograph series for the Brill-titled Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplements and of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries, and has served as editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and as president of both the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund
Free and Open to the Public

For directions, lodging, and registration for lunch/dinner on April 5th, please see our website at


Carol Newsom, Emory University; “God’s Other: The Intractable Problem of the Gentile King in Israelite and Early Jewish Literature”
Samuel L. Adams, Union Theological Seminary/Richmond, “Poverty and ‘Otherness’ in Second Temple Instructions”
Karina Martin Hogan, Fordham University, “Elusive Wisdom and the Other Nations in Baruch”
Joel Kaminsky, Smith College, “Israel and the ‘Other’ in Late Biblical and Early Rabbinic Thought”
Antonios Finitsis, Pacific Lutheran University, “The ‘Other’ in Early Postexilic Period: The Argument According to Haggai and Zechariah 1-6”
Patricia Ahearne-Kroll, Ohio Wesleyan, “The ‘Other’ in the Study of Second Temple Judaism: The Question of Jewish Authorship and the Case of Artapanus”
Daniel Harlow, Calvin College, “Idolatry and Otherness: Israel and the Nations in the Apocalypse of Abraham”


Susan Ackermann
, Dartmouth College; Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University; Susan Niditch, Amherst College


RBL Highlights: 2/28/08

A few highlights from this week’s Review of Biblical Literature:

Cilliers Breytenbach, Johan C. Thom, and Jeremy Punt, eds.
The New Testament Interpreted: Essays in Honour of Bernhard C. Lategan
Reviewed by Douglas Estes

David Buttrick
Speaking Conflict: Stories of a Controversial Jesus
Reviewed by John J. Pilch

J. W. Childers and D. C. Parker, eds.
Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies
Reviewed by Erroll F. Rhodes

Rachel Hallote
Bible, Map, and Spade: The American Palestine Exploration Society, Frederick Jones Bliss, and the Forgotten Story of Early American Biblical Archaeology
Reviewed by Eric M. Meyers

John R. Hinnells, ed.
A Handbook of Ancient Religions
Reviewed by Martin Ramey

Shane Kirkpatrick
Competing for Honor: A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6
Reviewed by John J. Collins

Aquila H. I. Lee
From Messiah to Preexistent Son: Jesus’ Self-Consciousness and Early Christian Exegesis of Messianic Psalms
Reviewed by Sam Janse

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