By Jan Willem Van Henton, J. W. Van Henten, Pieter Willem Van Der Horst

This quantity includes the papers of a workshop on Jewish epigraphy in antiquity equipped at Utrecht collage in 1992. between the members have been collaborators of the Cambridge Jewish Inscriptions venture and of the Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients venture. vital elements of historic Jewish inscriptions are highlighted within the papers, just like the connection among documentary and literary texts. numerous papers specialize in facets of the historical past of Jewish groups within the diaspora. experts in Jewish epigraphy will locate surveys of elements of the corpus of Jewish inscriptions (curse inscriptions, metrical epitaphs, alphabet-inscriptions) and discussions of a few mounted critiques, and Jewish inscriptions are mentioned in a much broader literary and old contexts as good. CONTENTS: William Horbury, `Jewish Inscriptions and Jewish Literature in Egypt, with particular connection with Ecclesiasticus'. Jan Willem van Henten, `A Jewish Epitaph in a Literary textual content: four Macc 17:8-10'. Johan H.M. Strubbe, 'Curses opposed to Violation of the Grave in Jewish Epitaphs from Asia Minor'. Pieter W. van der Horst, `Jewish Poetical Tomb Inscriptions'. Alice J. Bij de Vaate, `Alphabet-Inscriptions from Jewish Graves'. David Noy, `The Jewish groups of Leontopolis and Venosa'. Gert Luderitz, `What is the Politeuma?' Tessa Rajak, `Inscription and Context: studying the Jewish Catacombs of Rome'. Gerard Mussies, `Jewish own Names in a few Non-Literary Sources'. Hanswulf Bloedhorn, `Zur Architektur der Synagogen in der Diaspora'.

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Studies in Early Jewish Epigraphy (Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums, 21)

This quantity comprises the papers of a workshop on Jewish epigraphy in antiquity prepared at Utrecht collage in 1992. between the contributors have been collaborators of the Cambridge Jewish Inscriptions venture and of the Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients venture. very important elements of historical Jewish inscriptions are highlighted within the papers, just like the connection among documentary and literary texts.

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A New Trans­ lation and Introduction," The Old Testament Pseudepig;rapha (2 vols. ; ed. J. H. 531-564. J. W. van Henten, De joodse marte­ laren als g;rondleggers van een nieuwe orde. Een studie uitgaande van 2 en 4 Makk. ( Diss. Leiden: 1 986) 1 78-225. :J. Klauck, "Hellenistische Rhetorik im Diasporajudentum. Das Exordium des Vierten Makkabaerbuches ( 4 Makk. 1 . 1-12) , " NTS 35 ( 1 989) 451-465. Idem, "4. Makkabaerbuch," jildische Schriften aus hellenistisch-romischer Zeit 111/6 (eds. W. G. Kiimmel & H.

H . 34) ) . JEWISH INSCRIPTIONS AND JEWISH LITERATURE IN EGYPT 39 deserves separate notice in its bearing on the description of Judaism in this period. In Ecclesiasticus, following earlier biblical tradition, there is no pleasure, no praise of God, no life in Hades ( 1 4: 1 2 (quoted above) , 1 7:27; 41 :4) . This position receives some qualification from the importance in Ecclesiasticus of national hopes, as at 2:7-9, cited above, and from Ben Sira's view of death as 'rest' (dvchraucrts ) , also noted above (22:1 1 ; 38: 1 6) ; but the main emphasis is on the.

In form, however, there is a closer correspon­ dence. Ecclesiasticus and the relevant inscriptions have contacts in vocabulary, and almost all of the epitaphs in question put their words of consolation into the mouth of the deceased, just as happens with the grim but salutary aphorism of Sir 38:22. The marked resemblance between Ecclesiasticus and many of the inscriptions on this theme which emerges, despite these diffe­ rences, is in the presupposition that death is bitterly lamentable for its finality.

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