Proximity to Power and Jewish Sectarian Groups of the Ancient Period: A Review of Lifestyle, Values, and Halakha in the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Qumran

Proximity to Power and Jewish Sectarian Groups of the Ancient Period: A Review of Lifestyle, Values, and Halakha in the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Qumran

by Hillel Newman, Ruth Ludlam
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004146997

ISBN-13: 9789004146990

Pub. Date: 10/27/2006

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This book presents a fascinating new historical description of Jewish sectarian groups in the ancient period, from the viewpoint of their proximity to power. Lifestyle, values and code of law are examined in the light of political involvement, establishing new perceptions in the dynamics of social groups and sectarianism.

Overview

This book presents a fascinating new historical description of Jewish sectarian groups in the ancient period, from the viewpoint of their proximity to power. Lifestyle, values and code of law are examined in the light of political involvement, establishing new perceptions in the dynamics of social groups and sectarianism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004146990
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/27/2006
Series:
Brill Reference Library of Judaism Series , #25
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
List of Abbreviations and Sources     xv
Terminology and Methodology     1
Terminology     1
Methodology     21
Jewish Groups in the Hasmonean Period and their Proximity to the Regime     51
Introduction     51
The Pharisees     53
The Sadducees     73
The Essenes     82
The Qumran Group     99
The Distinction Between the Groups According to Involvement in the Center     121
Seceding Groups and Dissenting Groups: Lifestyle     125
Communal Eating as a Sectarian Feature     126
Clothing as a Sectarian Characteristic     149
The Family as a Sectarian Characteristic     164
Conclusions: Lifestyle     179
Seceding Groups and Dissenting Groups: Halakhic System     183
The Place of Halakhah in the Lives of Jewish Groups     184
The Halakhic System of Dissenting Groups     210
The Halakhic System of Seceding Groups     221
Seceding Groups and Dissenting Groups: Theology and Ideology     234
Theological and Ideological Characteristics in Research     235
The Importance of "Continuing Prophecy" in a Group's Leadership     241
"Prophetic Ability" in the Lives of Seceding Groups     248
The Prophetic Aspect among Dissenting Groups     263
Continuing Prophecy among the Jewish Groups     278
The Status of "Earthly Life" in the Spiritual System     280
Conclusions     298
Bibliography     305
Index     319

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