SEMINAR "THE LITERATURE OF THE SAGES"
6-7 September 2006 Amsterdam-Utrecht
on the occasion of the presentation of the book
THE LITERATURE OF THE SAGES, SECOND PART*)
Published under the auspices of the Foundation Compendia Rerum ludaicarum
ad Novum Testamentum, Amsterdam
On Thursday afternoon September 7th, 2006, the long awaited companion volume to The Literature of the Sages, First Part (1987) was presented in Utrecht.
Three of the editors and contributors were present. They had kindly agreed to lead a two-day seminar for scholars and students on subjects connected with the book. This well attended seminar was held on Wednesday September 6 in Amsterdam and Thursday September 7 in Utrecht as follows:
The University of Utrecht,
The Catholic Theological University of Utrecht,
The Levisson Institute for the training of Rabbis,
The Foundation Compendia Rerum ludaicarum ad Novum Testamentum
Wednesday September 6:
Location: Levisson Institute, Liberaal Joodse Gemeente,
Jacob Soetendorpstraat 8, 1079 RM Amsterdam.
13.00-14.45 Seminar: Prof. Joshua Schwartz (Bar Ilan University)
Subject: Thinking about the Temple in Jerusalem:
Reconstruction of the Herodian Period Temple and
the Temple Cult.
14.45-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-17.15 Seminar: Prof. Peter Tomson (Faculteit voor
Protestantse Godgeleerdheid [FPG],
Subject: The relevance of midrashic literature for the
study of the New Testament: A ’stray midrash’
on circumcision on Shabbat in John 7.
19.00-21.00 Opening of the Academic Year of the Levisson
Lecture: Prof. Joshua Schwartz: (Bar Ilan University):
The Debris of Ancient Jewish Society:
Broken Beds, Broken Chairs and the Social
History of the Land of Israel in the Roman
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Location: University of Utrecht (precise location to be announced
9.30-12.00 Seminar: Prof. Zeev Safrai (Bar Ilan University)
Subject: The Pesach Haggada
Foundation Compendia Rerum ludaicarum ad Novum Testamentum (CRINT)
Thursday, September 7, 2006.
Location: Rode Zaal, Marinus Ruppertgebouw,
Leuvenlaan 19, 3584 CE Utrecht.
14.00 Prof. Albert van der Heide (Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam, chair CRINT Foundation):
14.10 Prof. Peter Tomson (FPG Brussels):
‘CRINT and The Literature of the Sages:
the project as it grew over the years’
14.40 Prof. Martin Goodman (Oxford):
‘CRINT and The Literature of the Sages:
an outsider’s view’
15.10 Coffee break
15.45 Prof. Judith Frishman (Kath. Theol.
‘The new CRINT volume’.
16.30 Prof. Graham Stanton (Cambridge):
’Comparative study of the New Testament and
Rabbinic Literature - and a new handbook’
17.00 Presentation of the book; reception
*) THE LITERATURE OF THE SAGES, SECOND PART
Midrash, Aggada, Targum, Berakhot; Liturgical and
Mystical Texts; Contracts and Inscriptions;
Ancient Science and Languages
Edited by Shmuel Safrai (dec.). Zeev Safrai, Joshua Schwartz, and Peter Tomson September 2006. Bound. Approx. 500 p. Approx. € 60,ISBN 90 232 4222 X - Compendia Rerum ludaicarum ad Novum Testamentum. Section II, Volume 3b
Published under the auspices of the Foundation Compendia Rerum ludaicarum ad Novum Testamentum, Amsterdam
The literary creation of the ancient Jewish teachers or Sages - also called rabbinic literature - consists of the teachings of thousands of Sages, many of them anonymous. For a long period, their teachings existed orally, which implied a great deal of flexibility in arrangement and form. Only gradually, as parts of this amorphous oral tradition became fixed, was the literature written down, a process that began in the third century C.E. and continued into the Middle Ages. Thus the documents of rabbinic literature are the result of a remarkably long and complex process of creation and editing.
This long-awaited companion volume to The Literature of the Sages, First Part (1987) gives a careful and succinct analysis both of the content and specific nature of the various documents, and of their textual and literary forms, paying special attention to the continuing discovery and publication of new textual material. Incorporating ground-breaking developments in research, these essays give a comprehensive presentation published here for the first time. The Literature of the Sages, Second Part is an important study and reference work for all students of ancient Judaism, as well as for those interested in the origins of Jewish tradition and the Jewish background of Christianity.