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An Introduction to Early Judaism [Paperback]

By James C. VanderKam (Author)
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A compelling survey of ancient Jewish history chronicles the history of Judaism from the Babylonian Captivity to the Jewish Revolt. Original.

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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.

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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802846416  
ISBN13  9780802846419  

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More About James C. VanderKam

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter W. Flint Ph.D. (1993) in Old Testament and Second Testament Judaism, University of Notre Dame, is Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Emanuel Tov, Ph.D. (1973) in Biblical Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University. He is the editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. James C. VanderKam, Ph.D. (1976), Harvard University, is John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Notre Dame University.

James C. VanderKam has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Biblical Resource
  2. Biblical Scholarship in North America
  3. Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum Ad Novum Testamentum
  4. Guides to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  5. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  6. Studies in Personalities of the Old Testament

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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.

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