Item description for Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) by Hindy Najman...
What is meant by attributing texts to Moses in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism? The answer depends not only on the history of texts but also on the history of concepts of textuality. This book criticizes the terms "Pseudepigraphy" and "Rewritten Bible", which presuppose conceptions of authentic attribution and textual fidelity foreign to ancient Judaism.
Instead, this book develops the concept of a discourse whose creativity and authority depend on repeated returns to the exemplary figure and experience of a founder. Attribution to Moses is a central example, whose function is to re-present the experience of revelation at Sinai. Distinctive features of Mosaic discourse are studied in Deuteronomy, Jubilees, the Temple Scroll, and the works of Philo of Alexandria.
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Hindy Najman is Associate Professor of Ancient Judaism at Yale University. She is the author of Past Renewals: Interpretive Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection in Jewish Antiquity (2010) and Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism (2003), as well as numerous articles on Second Temple Judaism, Philo of Alexandria, Rabbinics, and the Hebrew Bible. Prior to her appointment at Yale, she held the Jordan Kapson Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Notre Dame until 2005, and was the Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto until 2011.
Hindy Najman has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Toronto Yale University, Connecticut Yale University, Co.
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Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism
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Najman offers unexplored hermeneutic! Aug 6, 2009
Do Jewish literature (such as Jubilees; 11Q Temple and Philo's writings) after so-called Mosaic compositions (Torah) attempt to replace or write new authoritative literature (Rewritten Bible) or did they share "our contemporary conception of a text? (7) Najman, in order to avoid problematic anachronistic conceptions, opts for the later by arguing utilizing Deuteronomic discourses that such textual authority must have been tied to a founder, Moses."(20). Thus Deuteronomy became a model whereby "all that is authoritive must be linked to Moses as to a founding figure (which)...may-indeed, must- be repeated by others..."(40) if they are to bespeak authority. And indeed they do rewrite which in their days was done so as an "act of reverance" and honor (47). Yet, as Najman points out, it was "the way they conceive the authority" that differentiates Jubilees and 11Q Temple from the Deuteronomic discourses. For Jubilees it was through angelic dictation and for 11QT "it authorized itself as divine speech."(68-69). Chapter three focuses on the Second Temple Jew Philo where he essentially "subordinates the Law of Moses to the figure of Moses" in contrast to the two previous books where they "subordinate the figure of Moses to the Law of Moses." (107) Finally in her last 29 pages of chapter four she once again warns of anachronistic dangers and stresses her concern has been "previously unexplored" because her burden has been "the MODE which authority is claimed for an interpretative version" (109).
Hindy Najman's "Seconding Sinai the Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism" indeed points out how Moses has always been a vital and living force in Judaism and Chrisitanity (137). She argues that the mode of interpretation is key in interpretation and offers her book as to how this is to be understood. An excellent and well thought out monogram which, in this reviewers mind, has supplemented a missing piece of scriptual hermeneutics. William S. Downer, Chico,CA