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Overview This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Helpful charts, maps, and diagrams are incorporated throughout the text.
Publishers Description This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Scott opens a door into the Jewish world and literature leading up to the development of Christianity. He also offers an accessible overview of the data through helpful charts, maps, and diagrams incorporated throughout the text to engage his readers.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.21" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Baker Academic
ISBN 0801022401 ISBN13 9780801022401
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More About J. Julius Scott
J. Julius Scott Jr., (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is emeritus professor of biblical and historical studies at Wheaton College Graduate School.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament?
A great resource Jan 8, 2008
I purchased this book for a Seminary class. This book is a great resource for students of the Bible. The Scriptures have come more alive now that I better understand the politics and history of the time. It also strengthened my knowledge of the Old Testiment in general. I also knew very little about the intertestimental period until reading this. I highly recommend getting this resource.
Excellent intratestamental Information Jul 17, 2007
Jewish Backgrounds is an excellent reference to introduce one to the History, culture, customs, polity, and theology that took place between the testaments. I am a Grad student and will definitely keep this book for my library. It is ideal for anyone interested in the nation of Israel and their influence and contribution to Christianity.
Intertestamental Judaism & History. May 11, 2007
This is an excellent book on the subject of judaism in the period between the OT and the NT. Mr.Scott covers a lot of ground regarding religious beliefs and how they changed over time. There were different branches of judaism with similarities as well as differences.The author also details some contrasts between Samaritans,Pharisees,and Sadducees.
There is some helpful information on the Septuagint,it's source,and difference of translation between the hebrew OT and the greek OT.
Mr.Scott looks at Josephus and Philo and the value of their writings in the study of intertestamental judaism,with some understandable scepticism of Josephus.
He also details the priesthood and rivalry between families-Zadokites and Tobiads.The pollution of the priesthood is also discussed.
He covers the start of rabbinical judaism and the circumstances that led to the percieved need for oral law/tradition as a hedge around Torah. There was some interesting information about Simon bar Kosiba(Kochba).
There is an "Intertestamental Calendar and Festivals Table" that is an excellent resource about the Biblical feasts.This period also saw the addition and alteration of some OT feasts.
The use of the sacred name is discussed. "The Talmud and other rabbinical sources indicate that by the time of Simon the Just(c.200BC)the divine name was no longer pronounced,except by the high priest on Yom Kippur". He also had an interesting perspective on the sabbatical and Jubilee years. "The sabbatical year,occuring every seventh year and the Jubilee,every fiftieth year,prevented the accumulation of too much wealth and oppression of the poor".
There is a very good list of general sources,frequent footnotes and quotes. I found a few minor points that I think are debatable in the book.That doesn't lessen the value of the author's work. While not as comprehensive as Edersheim's "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah", this book is a good choice for anyone interested in the diverse beliefs and Messianic expectations of the period.