Pedagogy in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Edited by Karina Martin Hogan, Matthew Goff, and Emma Wasserman
(SBL, Atlanta, 2017)
This book explores the pedagogical purpose of wisdom literature, in which the concept of discipline (Hebrew musar) is closely tied to the acquisition of wisdom. It examines how and why the concept of musar came to be translated as paideia (education, enculturation) in the Septuagint and how the concept of paideia was deployed by ancient Jewish authors writing in Greek.
The book is the fruit of a series of sessions of the Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity section of SBL from 2012 to 2014. The group observed that many of the texts they were concerned with dealt with paidea, a concept that includes education, enculturation, and character formation. For Biblical Performance Criticism, these are critical concerns. Of special interest may be Patrick Pouchelle's investigation of oral rebuke, as expressed by the sematic fields of ysr and paideuo; C. Andrew Ballard's exploration of the pedagogical function of mystery language; and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken (to whom the volume is dedicated) whose article studies how sapential and apocalyptic motifs in Hebrews forms the character of the audience.