Gift Guide

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

This Hardcover is Not Available through
Sending request ...

Product Details

Table of Contents

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)