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Overview A compelling survey of ancient Jewish history chronicles the history of Judaism from the Babylonian Captivity to the Jewish Revolt. Original.
Publishers Description One of today's most respected scholars of biblical history and the Dead Sea Scrolls, James C. VanderKam here offers a superb new introduction to early Judaism. Based on the best, most recent archaeological research, this illustrated volume explores the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period (516 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.), describing the body of Jewish literature written during these centuries and the most important groups, institutions, and practices of the time. Particularly interesting are VanderKam's depiction of events associated with Masada and the Kokhba revolt, and his commentary on texts unearthed in places like Elephantine, Egypt, and Qumran. Written in the same accessible style as VanderKam's widely praised Dead Sea Scrolls Today, this volume provides the finest classroom introduction to early Judaism available.
Citations And Professional Reviews An Introduction to Early Judaism by James C. VanderKam has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Choice - 07/01/2001 page 1977
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Nov 14, 2000
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802846416 ISBN13 9780802846419
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More About James C. VanderKam
James C. VanderKam, Ph.D. (1976), Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature, Harvard University, is John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. His main publications are The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (Eerdmans, 1994) and The Dead Sea Scrolls after Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment (Brill, 1998, 1999).
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Based on new information from scrolls, but not on aggadic sources Nov 9, 2006
This book is very useful as a history of Judaism as it markedly evolved from the Biblical to the Talmudic era. VanderKam is highly conversant with the Dead Sea Scrolls and other recently un-earthed archeological material and integrates their evidence into his historical narrative. Conversly, he gives little indication of being aware of Talmudic aggadot that pertain to this historical era of Judaism's transition . For example there is not even a reference to the Mishna Avot, which is concerned with the rabbinical sages during this period of the development of Judaism.