Since the publication of the first edition of Early Judaism and Its Modern Interpreters in 1986, the field of early Judaism has exploded with new data, the publication of additional texts, and the adoption of new methods. This new edition of the classic resource honors the spirit of the earlier volume and focuses on the scholarly advances in the past four decades that have led to the study of early Judaism becoming an academic discipline in its own right. Essays written by leading scholars in the study of early Judaism fall into four sections: historical and social settings; methods, manuscripts, and materials; early Jewish literatures; and the afterlife of early Judaism.
Matthias Henze is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism and the Founding Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University.
Rodney A. Werline is Leman and Marie Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Barton College and the general editor of the Early Judaism and Its Literature book series.