Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies
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Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies  -     By: E.P. Sanders

Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies

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In this volume E. P. Sanders presents five studies that advance the re-examination of the nature of Jewish law that he began in Jesus and Judaism (Fortress Press, 1985). As usual, he is able to shed new light on old questions and demonstrate that many accepted interpretations are misguided.

A chapter on "The Synoptic Jesus and the Law" considers how serious the legal issues discussed between Jesus and his opponents would have been, had they been authentic. Two chapters explore whether the Pharisees had oral law, and whether they ate ordinary food in purity (the thesis of Jacob Neusner). A study of Jewish food and purity laws in the Greek-speaking Diaspora bears on the particular point of law which led to the argument between Peter and Paul at Antioch. At last, Sanders turns to a pointed essay that sets his own approach to rabbinic traditions and the Mishnah in distinct contrast from that of Jacob Neusner. A new preface points to the enduring contribution of these compelling and influential studies.

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Title: Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies
By: E.P. Sanders
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces
ISBN: 1506406092
ISBN-13: 9781506406091
Stock No: WW406098

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In this volume E. P. Sanders presents five studies that advance the re-examination of the nature of Jewish law that he began in Jesus and Judaism (Fortress Press, 1985). As usual, he is able to shed new light on old questions and demonstrate that many accepted interpretations are misguided.

A chapter on "The Synoptic Jesus and the Law" considers how serious the legal issues discussed between Jesus and his opponents would have been, had they been authentic. Two chapters explore whether the Pharisees had oral law, and whether they ate ordinary food in purity (the thesis of Jacob Neusner). A study of Jewish food and purity laws in the Greek-speaking Diaspora bears on the particular point of law which led to the argument between Peter and Paul at Antioch. At last, Sanders turns to a pointed essay that sets his own approach to rabbinic traditions and the Mishnah in distinct contrast from that of Jacob Neusner. A new preface points to the enduring contribution of these compelling and influential studies.

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E. P. Sanders is Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University and has taught at McMaster University and Queen's College, Oxford. His landmark works include, from Fortress Press, Comparing Judaism and Christianity (2016), Paul: The Apostle's Life, Letters, and Thought (2016), Judaism: Practice and Belief, 63 BCE-66 CE (2016; first published 1992), Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah (2016; first published 1990), Jesus and Judaism (1985), and Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People (1983).

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