'This book is a very important contribution to the understanding of Second Temple Judaism. [..] This is a well-written research that provides very helpful insights for scholars and students interested in the intellectual development of
Judaism from the Persian to the Hellenistic periods.'
Thomas Romer, Review of Biblical Literature, 2005.
'Seconding Sinai is a remarkable book that sparkles and crackles with smartness. Hindy Najman adopts a brilliant and original research strategy to get at some outstanding questions in the understanding of crucial documents and periods in the development of Jewish religious literature, primarily those of the Second-Temple period. She undertakes no less than to consider the questions of "Rewritten Bible" as a genre of interpretation, pseudepigraphy, pseudonymity, and anonymity in key Dead Sea Scrolls and the writings of Philo under the sign of a foucauldian investigation of notions of "authorship" in the period. Her astutely chosen case study deals primarily with the very well attested representation of Moses as the "author" of the Torah. Placing the expanded role of Moses within the writings of the period into historical context, Najman both illuminates the meaning of those writings and renders sharp and clear the shifts in the meanings of authorship between antiquity and now. The style is engaging and clear and the scholarship impeccable. In particular, I found the lucid and original interpretation of Philo an intellectual thrill. I highly recommend this book both for scholars of Judaism in the Second Temple period and for anyone who is interested in the history of ideas of authorship and authority.'
Daniel Boyarin, (Professor, UC Berkeley).