Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview


Culled from The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, a monumental, groundbreaking reference work published in late 2010, Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview ...
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Culled from The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, a monumental, groundbreaking reference work published in late 2010, Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview contains fifteen first-rate essays from a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars. This volume provides the most comprehensive and authoritative overview available of Judaism in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.

John M. G. Barclay
Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev
Katell Berthelot
John J. Collins
Erich S. Gruen
Daniel C. Harlow
James L. Kugel
Adam Kolman Marshak
Steve Mason
James S. McLaren
Maren R. Niehoff
David T. Runia
Lawrence H. Schiffman
Chris Seeman
Gregory E. Sterling
Loren T. Stuckenbruck
Eibert Tigchelaar
Eugene Ulrich
Annewies van den Hoek
James C. VanderKam
Jürgen K. Zangenberg

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-- John Barton in Times Literary Supplement
“I do not think there is now a better guide to early Judaism than The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. . . . Opens a door into a fascinating and compelling world of ideas, texts, and practices.”

-- Booklist
“The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is an outstanding reference work that not only introduces this important era but also serves as a status report for scholarly activity in this area over the past few decades.”

-- Trinity Journal
“It is difficult to overstate how impressive the volume is in terms of scope, quality of scholarship, and number of high-level contributors. . . . The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is bound to be a classic reference text for the next generation. It is more than worth its weight in gold — which, given the bulky nature of the book, is quite considerable!”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802869227
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/29/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 533
  • Sales rank: 1,444,149
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut.

Daniel C. Harlow is professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Contributors ix

Abbreviations xi

Chronology xvi

Maps xxi

Early Judaism in Modern Scholarship John J. Collins 1

Jewish History from Alexander to Hadrian Chris Seeman Adam Kolman Marshak 30

Judaism in the Land of Israel James C. VanderKam 70

Judaism in the Diaspora Erich S. Gruen 95

The Jewish Scriptures: Texts, Versions, Canons Eugene Ulrich 121

Early Jewish Biblical Interpretation James L. Kugel 151

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Loren T. Stuckenbruck 179

The Dead Sea Scrolls Eibert Tigchelaar 204

Early Jewish Literature Written in Greek Katell Berthelot 228

Philo Gregory E. Sterling David T. Runia Maren R. Niehoff Annewies van den Hoek 253

Josephus Steve Mason James S. McLaren John M. G. Barclay 290

Archaeology, Papyri, and Inscriptions Jürgen K. Zangenberg 322

Jews among Greeks and Romans Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev 367

Early Judaism and Early Christianity Daniel C. Harlow 391

Early Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism Lawrence H. Schiffman 420

Index of Authors 435

Index of Subjects 437

Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature 451

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