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The Jews are the most tenacious people in history. This brilliant 4000 year survey covers not only Jewish history but the impact of Jewish genius and imagination on the world. This book objectively considers the most intractable of all human questions: what are we on earth for? Is history merely a series of events whose sum is meaningless? Is there no fundamental moral difference between the history of humans and the history of ants? Or is there a providential paln of which we are, however humble, the agents? No people has ever ever insisted more firmly than the Jews that history has a purpose and humanity a destiny. At a very early stage in their collective existence they believed they had detected a divine scheme for the human race, of which their own society was to be a pilot. They clung to their role with heroic persistence in the face of savage suffering. The Jewish vision became the prototype for many similar grand designs for humanity, both divine and man-made. Therefore, the Jews stand right at the centre of the perennial attempt to give human life the dignity of a purpose.
     

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This survey of intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for understanding the New Testament. Helpful charts, maps, and diagrams are incorporated throughout the text.
     


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Nine prominent scholars and researchers into rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity investigate the literary and archaeological evidence by which the evolution of the synagogue can be traced. The contributions fall into two groupings: (1) those concerned with the development of the synagogue in the land of ancient Israel and (2) analyses of the diverse and abundant evidence from synagogues in the dispersion, especially Syria and Asia Minor. Also included is an examination of the literary and traditional evidence from historical, rabbinic, and early Christian sources.
     




The Jewish WarThe Jewish War
Flavius Josephus
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It took seven years and several Roman legions to suppress the Jewish rebellion of A.D. 66. Recent excavations at Masada curiously corroborate some details of Josephus' history. which so grimly evidences the turbulence of the New Testament period. In a war which was sullied by every kind of treachery and atrocity, Josephus, though a Jewish governor of Galilee, sided with the Romans.
     

Sketches of Jewish Social LifeSketches of Jewish Social Life
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Edersheim makes Scripture come alive! Now his classic work on the cultural world of Jesus and the apostles is available in an easy-to-read edition that makes studying even more enjoyable and rewarding. This invaluable resource reflects Edersheim's encyclopedic familiarity with ancient Jewish sources, and helpful black & white photos and maps of Israel enhance the text. 274 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson
     

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Lee I. Levine has written a monumental work on the history of the synagogue. Examining its history in Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods in Palestine and the Diaspora, he describes the synagogue: its physical remains; its role in the community; its leadership; the roles of rabbis, Patriarchs, wormen, and priests in its operation; its liturgy; and its art. Levine makes use of archaeological evidence, rabbinic material, the New Testament, Jewish writings of the Second Temple period, and Christian and pagan works to trace the development of the synagogue from an institution with a primarily communal purpose to one that had a distinctly religious character. As an institution, the synagogue not only played a central role in Judaism, but also left its mark on Christianity and Islam, and Levine provides a comprehensive and fascinating history of its first thousand years. Lee I. Levine is professor of Jewish history and archaeology at the Hebrew University.

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Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways Between Qumran and Enochic JudaismBeyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways Between Qumran and Enochic Judaism
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(PUBEerdmans)Will spark fresh debate on our current understanding of the Qumran community. Sifting through the ancient records and all of the known Dead Sea Scrolls, Boccaccini elaborates on his view that the Essenes can be traced back to an earlier "Enochic Judaism," which also influenced John the Baptist and Jesus. 230 pages, softcover.
     
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