Is David Instone-Brewer's Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament (https://www.logos.com/product/36846/traditions-of-the-rabbis-from-the-era-of-the-new-testament) essentially an updated version of this resource?
- Hi Andrew - I just stumbled across this old post. TRENT is rather different. It goes through ALL the rabbinic material that can be dated as pre-70 CE, whether or not relevance to the NT is obvious, and it goes through in the order preserved in rabbinic halakhah so that it can be understood in context. For each passage it gives reasons for dating, explains the passage, and suggests ways in which the NT is enlightened by it. SB goes through the NT (mostly the gospels), citing material that has parallel features from all kinds of sources, many or most of which can't be safely dated as early as NT times, but they may nevertheless have originated that early. Both are useful resources for understanding the NT, and there is surprisingly little overlap. SB has more citations that are immediately relevant to the NT, while TRENT has early material that hasn't yet been noted by NT commentators. Personally I'm looking forward to SB from Logos - see https://blog.logos.com/2013/04/strack-and-billerbecks-works-in-english/Strack and Billerbeck’s Works in English - LogosTalkToday’s guest post is from Dr. David Instone-Brewer, senior research fellow in rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House in Cambridge. He is an expert on rabbinic literature and curator of the website Traditions of the Rabbis in the Era of the New Testament. Strack-Billerbeck’s Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash is a …blog.logos.com