New Book on Third-Century Jewish Angel- and Demonology

A new book is out from Annette Yoshiko Reed, who has done a lot of great work on apocalyptic literature.


Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism
Annette Yoshiko Reed, New York University
available from March 2020

In this book, Annette Yoshiko Reed considers the third century BCE as
a critical moment for the beginnings of Jewish angelology and
demonology. Drawing on early ‘pseudepigrapha’ and Aramaic Dead Sea
Scrolls, she reconstructs the scribal settings in which transmundane
powers became a topic of concerted Jewish interest. Reed also situates
this development in relation to shifting ideas about scribes and
writing across the Hellenistic Near East. Her book opens a window onto
a forgotten era of Jewish literary creativity that nevertheless deeply
shaped the discussion of angels and demons in Judaism and