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Praying by the Book: The Scripturalization of Prayer in Second Temple Judaism
Judith H. Newman
EJL 14
Publication Date
January 1968


This book describes and analyzes the evolving use of scripture in prayers from the pre-exilic era to the full flowering of "scripturalization" in the late Second Temple period. Focusing on three key prayers (Nehemiah 9, Judith 9, and 3 Maccabees 2) and drawing on other Second Temple prayers, Newman illumines three principal ways in which scripture is appropriated in prayers: in recounting Israel's history; in requesting salvation by analogy with a particular biblical event; and in depicting biblical characters as moral examples.

This book will be of particular interest to those who study Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, the history of biblical interpretation, and Jewish and Christian liturgical studies. .