FHS 28 Set Text Suggested Reading

NB – Work in progress! Suggestions for improvement gratefully received…)


  • Bilde, Per. 1988. Flavius Josephus, Between Jerusalem and Rome: His Life, His Works and Their Importance. JSPSup 2. Sheffield: JSOT Press.
  • Collins, John J. 2002. “The Literature of the Second Temple Period.” In The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, 53-78. Ed. M. Goodman. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Maccoby, Hyam. 1988. Early Rabbinic Writings. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kamesar, Adam, ed. 2009. The Cambridge Companion to Philo. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mason, Steve. 2000. “Introduction to the Judean Antiquities.” In Judean Antiquities 1-4,  ix-xxxvi. Ed. L. H. Feldman. Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary 3. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • Nickelsburg, George W. E. 2005. Jewish Literature Between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Historical and Literary Introduction. 2nd edn. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Schenck, Kenneth. 2005. A brief guide to Philo. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.
  • Stemberger, Günter. 1996. Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, esp. 108-148. Ed. M. Bockmuehl. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: T&T Clark.
  • Stone, Michael E. 1984. Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period: Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Qumran Sectarian Writings, Philo, Josephus. The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud 2. Assen/Philadelphia: Van Gorcum/Fortress Press.

Specific Studies and Commentaries

(following the order in the FHS handbook)

Qumran Community Rule

  • Metso, Sarianna. 2007. The Serekh Texts. Library of Second Temple Studies 62. London/New York: T & T Clark.

4QMMT (Miqsat Ma`ase Ha-Torah)

  • Qimron, Elisha and John Strugnell. 1994. Qumran Cave 4. V, Miqsat ma`ase ha-Torah. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 10. Oxford: Clarendon.
  • von Weissenberg, Hanne. 2009. 4QMMT: Reevaluating the Text, the Function, and the Meaning of the Epilogue. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Pesher on Habakkuk

  • Brownlee, William Hugh. 1979. The Midrash Pesher of Habakkuk. Missoula, Mont.: Scholars Press.
  • Horgan, Maurya P. 2002. “Pesharim.” In The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations, 6B: 1-193. Ed. J. H. Charlesworth. Princeton Theological Seminar Dead Sea Scrolls Project 6. Tübingen/Louisville: Mohr Siebeck/Westminster John Knox Press.
  • Lim, Timothy H. 2002. Pesharim. Companion to the Qumran Scrolls 3. London/New York: Sheffield Academic Press.

Josephus, Jewish War Book 2

  • Mason, Steve and Honora Chapman. 2008. Judean War 2. Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary 1b. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Josephus, Antiquities 18.1-119

Josephus, Against Apion 2.145-296

  • Barclay, John M. G. 2007. Flavius Josephus: Against Apion. Translation and Commentary. Leiden etc.: Brill.

4 Ezra

  • Hayman, Peter. 2001. “2 Esdras.” Oxford Bible Commentary: 775-89.
  • Longenecker, Bruce W. 1995. 2 Esdras. Guides to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.
  • Stone, Michael E. 1990. Fourth Ezra: A Commentary on the Book of Fourth Ezra. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Wisdom of Solomon

  • Horbury, William. 2001. “The Wisdom of Solomon.” Oxford Bible Commentary: 650-67.
  • Winston, David. 1979. The Wisdom of Solomon: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.

Philo, Migration of Abraham

Philo, Life of Moses 1.1-84

Mishnah, Berakhot

Mishnah, Bikkurim

Mishnah, Aboth 1

  • Tropper, Amram D. 2004. Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography: Tractate Avot in the Context of the Graeco-Roman Near East. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Herford, R. Travers. 1975. Pirke Aboth: The Ethics of the Talmud. Sayings of the Fathers. New York: Schocken Books.

Psalms of Solomon 17

  • Atkinson, Kenneth R. 1999. “On the Herodian Origin of Militant Davidic Messianism at Qumran: New Light from Psalm of Solomon 17.” JBL 118: 435-60.
  • de Jonge, Marinus. 1985. “The Psalms of Solomon.” In Outside the Old Testament, 4: 159-77. Cambridge Commentaries on Writings of the Jewish and Christian World, 200 B.C. to A.D. 200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lattke, M. 2000. “Psalms of Solomon.” Dictionary of New Testament Background: 853-57.

1Enoch 92-105

  • Nickelsburg, George W. E. 2001. 1 Enoch: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress.



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