This latest book by Michael E. Stone is the sixth volume in a series of translations from Armenian to English, which he began with the publication of Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Patriarchs and Prophets in 1982. His initial aim, to search unstudied Armenian manuscripts for works dating back to the Second Temple period, developed into a career-long search for reworkings of biblical traditions, stories, and persons in the Armenian tradition. In this collection Stone focuses on texts related to heaven and hell, angels and demons, and biblical figures from the Hebrew Bible and apocrypha. Texts, introductions, translations, annotations, and a critical apparatus make this collection a key resource for students and scholars of apocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature.
Michael E. Stone taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1966 to 2007, where he was Gail Levin de Nur Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Armenian Studies. He was awarded the earned, senior doctoral degrees, Doctor of Letters by the University of Melbourne and Doctor of Armenian Studies by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College. He has been awarded the major Israeli national prize, the Landau Prize for Contribution to the Humanities. Now retired, he continues an intensive program of research and writing.