Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 5, 2002 - Religion - 528 pages
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From the crisis of the Babylonian exile to the rise of rabbinic Judaism--a span of over six hundred years--the Jewish people produced a wealth of literature that lies outside the Hebrew Bible. Today it goes under names such as apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Josephus and Philo, apocalyptic literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah and targums. But line by line, scroll by scroll, it represents the history and theology, the hopes and prayers of a living and diverse Judaism. It is an engrossing subject in and of itself, but for students of the New Testament it offers an invaluable context for understanding the words and actions of Jesus as well as the conversion and thinking of Paul. Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period is an introduction to this literature and places it within its historical context. Riding the explosive growth of knowledge of this period, Larry R. Helyer guides students to the heart of the matter. What were the pressures and realities, the questions and dreams that nurtured and provoked these written expressions? And how does this literature throw light on the text of the New Testament and origins of Christianity?
  

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User Review  - Kim Berkey - Goodreads

Simply a basic introduction to Jewish literature from the Second Temple period. And yet I enjoyed it *immensely*. Very accessible, a great overview... I'm not sure what I loved so much about it, but it's been one of my favorite textbooks of all time. A great resource! Read full review

Review: Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students

User Review  - Goodreads

Simply a basic introduction to Jewish literature from the Second Temple period. And yet I enjoyed it *immensely*. Very accessible, a great overview... I'm not sure what I loved so much about it, but it's been one of my favorite textbooks of all time. A great resource! Read full review

Contents

Contents Preface
9
Abbreviations U Introduction
17
The Rise of the Second Commonwealth
27
Tales from the Diaspora
42
Hellenism Invades the Middle East
75
Hope for Hard Times
112
Resistance Literature
148
The NewCovenant Community
180
Down in Egypt Land
276
PhiloJudaeus
311
The House That Herod Built
336
Coping with Calamity
378
The Reconstruction of Judaism
415
The World of Mishnah
449
The Partings of the Ways
485
Maps Charts
503

Scripture the End Times
226

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About the author (2002)

Larry R. Helyer is professor of biblical studies at Taylor University.

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