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MILLER / FROM JEWISH FESTSCHRIFT
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understand this ancient corpus of texts we call
Tanakh
and how
did it strengthen their Jewish life. The external source is the sci­
entific study of the ancient Near East, especially using the mod­
ern techniques of archaeology; this instructs us how those people
we consider to be our spiritual, if not physical ancestors viewed
the world, and how that world shaped their literature. There
have been Christian and secular scholars who share what is called
here the “Jewish view,” especially the value of archaeology, and
we are happy tojoin up with them. There is, of course, a problem
in choosing to ignore the non-Jewish, especially the overtly Chris­
tian Festschriften in Old Testament studies; certainly there are
Jewish contributors to such Festschriften whose works are of
great importance and which ought not fall between the cracks
created by this admittedly partisan definition. Fortunately, how­
ever, there are indexes where such works are recorded:
Religion
Index Two
of the American Theological Library Assocation is one,
and, ironically, another is
Index of Articles in Jewish Studies,
pub­
lished by the Jewish National and University Library Press, which
does pick up such articles from otherwise non-Jewish publica­
tions.
On the other hand, and more importantly, during the past half
century there have been New Testament scholars who view their
sacred text in a manner not dissimilar to the modern Jewish
approach. They see Jesus not only as a force for change in Jewish
society in the early days of the Roman Empire, but also as a prod­
uct of that society. The insights of such scholars as William David
Davies, Alejandro Diez Macho, Morton Enslin, and Morton
Smith, as well as their students and colleagues, are invaluable for
Judaic research. Consequently one ought to give very serious
consideration to including the Festschriften in their honor to any
list of Festschriften in Jewish studies11. Conversely, a Jew, David
Daube, has been honored by his colleagues with a Festschrift of
New Testament studies in recognition of his contribution to that
field12.
11
Jews, Greeks and Christians: Religious Cultures in Late Antiquity.
Leiden: E.J. Brill,
1976.
Salvacion en la palabra: Targum
=
derash
=
berith.
Madrid: Ed. Cristiandad,
1986.
Understanding the Sacred Text.
Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1972.
Christianity, Judaism and Other Greco-Roman Cults.
Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1975.
12
Donum Gentilicium.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979.