Item description for Where We Stand: The Special Problem of the Synagogue (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) by Alan Avery-Peck & Jacob Neusner...
What, in Judaism - a religion so concerned with social norms and public policy - can we possibly mean by "law"? That is the thoroughly fresh perspective with which this work commences. It proceeds with two chapters on Second Temple Judaism, and two on the special subject of the Dead Sea library. Learning withers when criticism is substituted by political consensus, and when other than broadly accepted viewpoints find a hearing only with difficulty, if at all. The editors, therefore, invited colleagues from the USA, Europe, and Israel to systematically outline their views in one account and set it alongside contrary ones. The several participants explain how, in broad and sweeping terms, they see the state of learning in their areas of special interest. The volume provides first an overview, followed by a systematic, critical account of the fading consensus. In a number of accounts, the different perspectives are presented in scholarly debate. Because of the willingness of contending parties to meet one another in a single frame of discourse, the work is able to portray with considerable breadth the presently contending viewpoints concerning the use of Rabbinical literature for historical purposes. Besides this sustained and vigorous debate, precipitated by historical-critical reading of the rabbinical literature, other issues have attracted attention, such as, for example, feminist interests.
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Studio: Brill Academic Pub
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.78" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.73" Weight: 1.13 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2000
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004120009 ISBN13 9789004120006
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More About Alan Avery-Peck & Jacob Neusner
Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies in the Religious Studies Department of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Previously he held the post of Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he was also director of the Jewish Studies Program. Alongside his many publications on Rabbinic Judaism, he is editor of "Review of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern." Jacob Neusner, Ph.D., Columbia University, is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He has published more than 800 books and is Editor of The Brill Reference Library of Ancient Judaism: "Studies in Ancient Judaism" (University Press of America); "Academic Studies in the History of Judaism, Academic Studies on Religion and the Social Order, " and "International Studies in Formative Christianity and Judaism" (all published by Global Publications, SUNY, Binghamton). Bruce Chilton, Bard College, is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism, who has authored the first critical translation of the Aramaic version of Isaiah ("The Isaiah Targum," 1987), as well as academic studies that put Jesus in his Jewish context ("A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible," 1984; "The Temple of Jesus," 1992; "Pure Kingdom," 1996; "Rabbi Jesus," 2000).
Alan Avery-Peck has an academic affiliation as follows - Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at The College of the Holy Cro.