From the Maccabees to the Mishnah

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 250 pages

In this new edition of a best-selling classic, Shaye Cohen offers a thorough analysis of Judaism's development from the early years of the Roman Empire to the formative period of rabbinic Judaism. Cohen's synthesis of religion, literature, and history offers deep insight into the nature of Judaism at this key period, including the relationship between Jews and Gentiles, the function of Jewish religion in the larger community, and the development of normative Judaism and other Jewish sects. In addition, Cohen provides clear explanations concerning the formation of the biblical canon and the roots of rabbinic Judaism. Now completely updated and revised, this book remains the clearest introduction to the era that shaped Judaism and provided the context for early Christianity.

The Library of Early Christianity is a series of eight outstanding books exploring the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in which the New Testament developed.


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I found this book useful in writing a paper on First Century Judaism. It is well written and has a very useful index for finding information on specific subjects. Read full review


Chronology and Definitions
Practices and Beliefs
The Community and Its Institutions
Sectarian and Normative
Canonization and Its Implications
The Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism
Suggestions for Further Reading
Glossary of Technical Terms

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Shaye J. D. Cohen is Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

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