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From text to tradition : a history of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism

Author: Lawrence H Schiffman
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Ktav Pub. House, 1991.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence H Schiffman
ISBN: 0881253715 9780881253719 0881253723 9780881253726
OCLC Number: 23733614
Description: xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Significance of the period --
Method --
One Judaism or many? --
Sources --
Dominant trends and issues --
Summary --
2. The biblical heritage --
Historical sketch --
A historiography of civilization --
Revelation and law --
Sacrifice and priesthood --
Prophecy --
Wisdom literature --
Summary --
3. Judaism in the Persian period --
Historical and archaeological background --
Political affairs --
The Second Temple --
The Samaritan schism --
Midrash and the foundations of Jewish law --
The literature of the period --
The canonization of the Hebrew scriptures --
Summary --
4. The Hellenistic age --
Hellenism as a cultural phenomenon --
Under Ptolemies and Seleucids --
The Jerusalem Temple and priesthood --
The Gerousia --
Hellenistic trends in Palestinian Judaism --
Hellenistic reform and the Maccabean revolt --
Summary --
5. Judaism in the Hellenistic diaspora --
The early history of Babylonian Jewry --
Jews in the Hellenistic world --
Political, social, and economic developments --
Religious life --
Anti-Semitism in the Hellenistic world --
The literature of the Hellenistic diaspora --
Summary 6. Sectarianism in the Second Commonwealth --
The Hasmonean Dynasty --
Pharisees and Sadducees --
Apocalyptics and ascetics --
Summary --
7. Apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls --
The Apocrypha --
Pseudepigrapha --
Dead Sea Scrolls --
Summary --
8. The Jewish-Christian schism --
Judea under Roman rule --
Herodian rule --
Judea under the procurators --
The rise of the early church --
Parting of the ways --
Jewish-Christian relations in the early centuries --
Summary --
9. Revolt and restoration --
The great revolt --
Destruction and its aftermath --
From temple to synagogue --
Restoration of autonomy: The authority of the rabbis --
Josephus: Historian of the great revolt --
The Bar Kokhba Revolt --
Rebuilding for the future --
Summary --
10. Mishnah: The new scripture --
From Pharisees to rabbis --
Written and oral Torah --
The Tannaitic academies --
Midrash and Mishnah --
Halakhah and Aggadah --
The redaction of the Mishnah --
Other Tannaitic texts --
Summary --
11. Formative Judaism comes of age --
Decline of Hellenistic Judaism --
Under Byzantine Christianity --
By the rivers of Babylon --
Summary 12. The sea of the Talmud --
Amoraic schools --
From Amoraic interpretation to Talmudic texts --
The Palestinian Talmud --
The Babylonian Talmud --
The exegetical Midrashim --
Jewish liturgy --
Summary --
13. The life of Torah --
The world of the Aggadah --
The daily life of the Jew --
Sanctuaries in time --
The sanctified table --
Marriage and the family --
Ritual purity and impurity --
Life-cycle --
Study in the service of God --
The mystic way --
Summary --
14. Epilogue: The hegemony of the Babylonian Talmud.
Responsibility: by Lawrence H. Schiffman.

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