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Second Temple Studies III: Studies in Politics, Class, and Material Culture

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List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Achaemenid Period
The Material Culture of the Persian Period and the Sociology of the Second Temple Period 14
A Tale of Three Cities: Urban Gates, Squares and Power in Iron Age II. Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Judah 19
Pt. II The 'Hellenistic' Period(s)
The Jews and Hellenization: Hengel and his Critics 52
The Material Culture of the Seleucid Period in Palestine: Social and Economic Observations 67
Ben Sira and the Sociology of the Second Temple 74
Conflicting Ideologies Concerning the Second Temple 108
Jewish Education in the Seleucid Period 116
Pt. III The Hasmoneans
The Expansion of Hasmonean Rule in Idumea and Galilee: Toward a Historical Sociology 134
The Origin, Expansion and Impact of the Hasmoneans in Light of Comparative Ethnographic Studies (and Outside of its Nineteenth-Century Context) 166
Betwixt and Between: The Samaritans in the Hasmonean Period 202
Bibliography 218
Index of References 237
Index of Authors 244
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