Martha Himmelfarb joined the Princeton faculty in 1978. Her scholarship has shaped the fields of Ancient Judaism and Christianity through now-classic contributions on the history of apocalyptic literature (Tours of Hell, 1983 and Ascent to Heaven, 1993), incisive interventions in long-standing debates such as the question of the Jewish encounter with Greek culture (“Judaism and Hellenism in 2 Maccabees”, 1998), and the history of eschatology in crucial yet understudied periods (Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire, 2007) – to name just some of her published works. In both her scholarship and teaching, Himmelfarb has pushed these fields away from anachronistic conceptions, whether they come from the Jewish or Christian traditions; one such anachronistic conception being the early separation between these two traditions. She has trained generations of undergraduates and graduate students to think critically about ancient religious history and texts, and many of her students now hold key positions in the field themselves. Through her service as Director of the Program in Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion, Professor Himmelfarb has shaped these communities of research and teaching at Princeton. This conference, held on the occasion of her retirement from teaching, is our way to thank and congratulate Professor Himmelfarb for these contributions.