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Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students (Christian Classics Bible Studies) [Paperback]

By Larry R. Helyer (Author)
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The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Josephus and Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Mishnah---Helyer offers a fascinating examination of works produced between the Babylonian exile and the rise of rabbinic Judaism. His lucid study is ideal for students, scholars, and pastors who desire greater understanding of Jesus' words and actions, and Paul's conversion and writings. 425 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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From the crisis of the Babylonian exile to the rise of rabbinic Judaism--a span of over six hundred years--the Jewish people produced a wealth of literature that lies outside the Hebrew Bible. Today it goes under names such as apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Josephus and Philo, apocalyptic literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah and targums. But line by line, scroll by scroll, it represents the history and theology, the hopes and prayers of a living and diverse Judaism. It is an engrossing subject in and of itself, but for students of the New Testament it offers an invaluable context for understanding the words and actions of Jesus as well as the conversion and thinking of Paul. Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period is an introduction to this literature and places it within its historical context. Riding the explosive growth of knowledge of this period, Larry R. Helyer guides students to the heart of the matter. What were the pressures and realities, the questions and dreams that nurtured and provoked these written expressions? And how does this literature throw light on the text of the New Testament and origins of Christianity?

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 5, 2002
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826785  
ISBN13  9780830826780  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Larry R. Helyer: Larry is Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He received his doctorate in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He pastored Baptist churches in Portland, Oregon, and Sun Valley, California, before moving to the Midwest and teaching biblical studies at Taylor University for 28 years. He has taught a wide range of Bible courses covering both the Old and New Testaments and Jewish literature of the Second Temple. Larry has traveled extensively in the land of the Bible and lived in Israel for a year during his student days at Jerusalem University College. Larry is author of two books, "Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Continuing Relevance of the Old Testament" and "Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students." Larry has authored numerous journal and dictionary articles on biblical and theological subjects and has just finished a book on New Testament theology. He was the initial translator of 2 Samuel for the "Holman Christian Standard Bible."

Richard Wagner: Rich is author of "The Expeditionary Man, The Myth of Happiness, The Gospel Unplugged, " and several "For Dummies" books, including "C. S. Lewis & Narnia For Dummies, Christianity For Dummies, " and "Christian Prayer For Dummies." He has been a guest on Christian radio programs across the country discussing Christian discipleship issues as well as C.S. Lewis. Richard has served in church leadership and teaching roles for more than a dozen years. Rich graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Taylor University and pursued graduate studies at The American University in Washington, DC. Rich lives in New England with his wife and three sons. You can find him online at

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An excellent place to start  Apr 14, 2003
Larry Helyer does an excellent job of introducing most of the relevent literature of the Second Temple period and its general influence on the writers of the New Testament and the Early Church. Excellent review or introduction depending on your background. I think this should be mandatory reading for every pastor and bible student. Well written with many chapter breaks to keep the organization of this large volume. This is the context of the New Testament that most Christians are not even aware exists. I have already recommended this texts to many people.

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