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|Title: Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism|
By: Malka Z. Simkovich
Number of Pages: 424
Vendor: Jewish Publication Society
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
Stock No: WW612655
This volume interweaves past and present in four parts. Part 1 tells modern stories of discovery of Second Temple literature. Part 2 describes the Jewish communities that flourished both in the land of Israel and in the Diaspora. Part 3 explores the lives, worldviews, and significant writings of Second Temple authors. Part 4 examines how authors of the time introduced novel, rewritten, and expanded versions of Bible stories in hopes of imparting messages to the people.
Simkovichs popular style will engage readers in understanding the sometimes surprisingly creative ways Jews at this time chose to practice their religion and interpret its scriptures in light of a cultural setting so unlike that of their Israelite forefathers. Like many modern Jews today, they made an ancient religion meaningful in an ever-changing world.
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