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Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period : 450 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.
     

Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period : 450 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.

by Jacob Neusner
 

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This invaluable reference defines concepts, religious practices, theological terms, persons, places, and essential vocabulary from the writings of Judaism, ranging from the time of the Pentateuch's final formation until the close of the Babylonian Talmud. Over 3,300 entries by seventy international scholars offer historical literary, religious, and archaeological

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This invaluable reference defines concepts, religious practices, theological terms, persons, places, and essential vocabulary from the writings of Judaism, ranging from the time of the Pentateuch's final formation until the close of the Babylonian Talmud. Over 3,300 entries by seventy international scholars offer historical literary, religious, and archaeological background for understanding the canonical form of the Bible, the texts of the Second Temple period, and the classical writings of rabbinic Judaism. The scope of this volume includes, among other things, information on Philo and Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, and the Talmud, as well as key figures in the history of both Judaism and early Christianity. The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period offers a reliable guide to the wealth of material useful for reading the Holy Scriptures. It has few rivals when it comes to accuracy and readability, and will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying religion.

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Jewish Book World
This important new reference work covers the time of both Jewish and Christian sacred writings and contains thousands of references to terms, people, places, books, concepts, rites and theological categories of that era. While the entries are, by design brief, they provide lexical definitions and offer the user a ready reference to reading the Bible and related works. More than 65 scholars have contributed to this dictionary, among them many of the leading contemporary scholars of Jewish history and the Bible.
Booknews
A reference for readers of the Old and New Testaments and related works at all levels of knowledgeability, from laypersons to scholars. Some 3,300 cross-referenced alphabetical entries define terms and concepts that are relevant to the era during which the sacred writings of both Judaism and Christianity were formulated and canonized. In addition to religious terms, the entries explain related aspects of Jewish culture such as the Jewish people's writings and beliefs, customs, laws, holidays, philosophies, architecture, foreign rulers, historic sites, myths, rabbis, and leaders. Neutral language is used throughout and scholarly disputes are not reviewed. Includes nine maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565634589
Publisher:
Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.20(d)

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