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This front matter section of the book Past Renewals contains the table of contents, foreword, previous publications, abbreviations that occur in the book, and introduction. The introduction presents an overview of the book. The three parts of the book correspond to three closely linked questions. The first question is how did ancient Jewish authors claim authority for their interpretations, and what role did writtenness play in Second Temple conceptions of Scripture and its interpretation. The second question is how, after various endings known as the "end of prophecy" or the "closing of the canon," and could Jewish authors claiming prophetic authority for their interpretations have hoped to find an audience. The final question is what kind of person did one have to be - or aspire to be, or present oneself as being - if one were to merit interpretive authority.

Keywords: ancient Jewish authors; prophetic authority; Scripture; Second Temple



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