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- DescriptionThis book presents a valuable survey of Jewish and Christian textual references to an understudied Old Testament figure. Credited with predicting the flood and foretelling a second punishment but mentioned only briefly in the Hebrew Bible, Ech is one of the most intriguing yet little-kwn characters of ancient Jewish and Christian literature. Genesis devotes just four verses to Ech; yet this man became a central figure in many of the oldest surviving Jewish legends of apocalypse, the subject of a larger number of traditions during the intertestamental period, and a significant character in early Christian writing. In this examination of ancient references to Ech and to Echian themes, James C. VanderKam illumines the range of ancient testimonies to the man, his teachings, and his work.As he introduces readers to the mostly extrabiblical traditions surrounding Ech, VanderKam addresses the significant question of how the can of the Hebrew Bible came to be decided. He also uses the Echian literature as a point of departure for an analysis of the apocalyptic literary tradition and the historical connection between Jewish and Mesopotamian thought.
- Author BiographyJames C. VanderKam is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. His books include The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, An Introduction to Early Judaism, The Book of Jubilees, and The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Author(s)James C. VanderKam
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2008
- SubjectChristianity: Bibles & Liturgy
- Series TitleStudies on Personalities of the Old Testament
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight336 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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