Judaism in Late Antiquity

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Jacob Neusner, Alan Jeffery Avery-Peck, Bruce D. Chilton
BRILL, 2001 - Religion - 318 pages
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Jacob Neusner (vols. 1, 2, and 3) and his colleagues Alan Avery-Peck (vol. 2) and Bruce Chilton (vol. 3) have assembled a stellar team of scholars in producing what has already become an essential reference work for the study of Judaism in Late Antiquity. Originally written in nine separate volumes, Judaism in Late Antiquity now appears, unabridged, in three. The entire work seeks to offer readers both a broad perspective on the shape of Judaism while also opening the way to understanding unique issues. Editors Neusner, Avery-Peck, and Chilton must be commended for this generous gift both to the scholarly guild and to the general reader looking for a thought-provoking overview of the central academic conversations. "Judaism in Late Antiquity, I, II, III" is also available in hardback

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Contents

Law in Early Judaism
3
Sadducees and Pharisees
35
Issues in Samaritanism
63
Theories of Qumran
81
Crisis in
99
A Debate with
123
A Response to Professor
143
Rabbinic Sources for Historical Study
169
Indices
243
Preface vii
vii
The Problem of Typology 1
1
Jodi Magness 49
49
A Response
71
A Response to Eric M Meyers and James F Strange 79
79
The Synagogue as Metaphor 93
93
Prolegomenon to a Theory of Early Synagogue Develop
121

Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity as a Source
187
Rabbinic Sources for Historical Study
201
Rabbinic Sources for Historical Study
213
The Butchering of Jewish Texts to Feed the Masses
233
The Ancient Synagogues at Barʻam 155
155
An Aramaic Amulet from Baram 179
179
Index 187
187
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Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014. He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

Bruce Chilton is Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson and priest at the Free church of Saint John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York. He is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including Jewish-Christian Debates and A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible.

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