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Overview This invaluable reference defines concepts, religious practices, theological terms, persons, places, and essential vocabulary from the writings of Judaism, ranging from the time of the Pentateuch's final formation until the close of the Babylonian Talmud. Over 3,300 entries by seventy international scholars offer historical literary, religious, and archaeological background for understanding the canonical form of the Bible, the texts of the Second Temple period, and the classical writings of rabbinic Judaism. The scope of this volume includes, among other things, information on Philo and Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, and the Talmud, as well as key figures in the history of both Judaism and early Christianity. The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period offers a reliable guide to the wealth of material useful for reading the Holy Scriptures. It has few rivals when it comes to accuracy and readability, and will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying religion.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.58" Width: 7.3" Height: 2.11" Weight: 3.44 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1999
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1565634586 ISBN13 9781565634589
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More About Jacob Neusner & William Green
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He has published more than nine hundred books and innumerable articles, and he is editor of "The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period" and the three-volume "Encyclopaedia of Judaism." In addition to his Rabbinic Midrash, he has translated the Mishnah, Tosefta, and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud into English.
Jacob Neusner currently resides in Annandale-On-Hudson. Jacob Neusner was born in 1932 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Bard College Bard College, New York, USA Bard College, New York, USA B.
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Wasted potential!!! Mar 1, 2004
The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period: 450 B.C.E. to 600 C.E. had a lot of potential in its aim to bring to the forefront the various components and actors of Judaism from the intertestamental period up to AD. 600. But it ends up being a disappointment.
It has little scholarly value for obvious reasons. It lacks the most basic index for a work of this size, one need to browse the book to have any idea of its contents. There is no section about the methodology behind the work. Most if not all authors approach issues with a liberal stance without almost ever giving the rational for their views. Since issues like dating and historicity of events affects one's interpretation of the data, it would be expected that those issues would receive a decent treatment. Instead the authors just take their conclusions for granted. This book primarily sees traditional Christianity from a negative stance seeing most of the books of the NT as anti-Jewish and the product of later communities well removed from the events in questions.
The articles are not signed and worse of all do not include any type of bibliography, in fact, there is no bibliography in the whole book, not even at the end of the book, one wonders where those scholars (mainly from universities as opposed to seminaries) got their data . They must take the factual aspect of their articles so much for granted that they do not find the need to references their sources.
Most articles are too short to give anything else than the most basic information about the topic. Although the preface claims that the dictionary addresses "both Judaism and Christianity in the formative age of the two great religions of the west" they only allocate a short paragraph to Jesus Christ, the founder of the more influential of these "two great religions of the west".
This dictionary seems to be more agenda driven than anything else and does not show the quality found in other dictionaries like the Anchor Bible Dictionary (which despite its liberal bias is far more scholarly and is conducive to further research)