Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Mar 22, 2011 - Religion - 242 pages
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Ancient Judaism questions a broad range of basic assumptions made by students of Second Temple Judaism and calls for a radical rethinking of approaches to Jewish history studies. Michael Stone challenges theologically conditioned histories of ancient Judaism devised by later orthodoxies, whether Jewish or Christian, and he stresses the importance of understanding religious experience as a major factor in the composition of ancient religious documents. Addressing the Dead Sea Scrolls and apocalyptic literature as well as recent theories, Stone emphasizes the stunning complexity of both the raw data and the resulting picture of Judaism in antiquity.
 

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Contents

New Perspectives
1
Adam and Enoch and the State of the World
31
Apocalyptic Historiography
59
Visions and Pseudepigraphy
90
Bible and Apocrypha
122
Multiform Transmission and Authorship
151
The Transmission of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
172
Bibliography
195
Index of Subjects and Names
227
Index of Ancient Sources
239
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Michael E. Stone is professor emeritus of comparative religion and Armenian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His many books include 4 Ezra: A Commentary on 4 Ezra, Adam's Contract with Satan, History of the Literature of Adam and Eve, and works on Armenian apocryphal literature.

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