Judaism: The First Phase Paperback

The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism

by Joseph Blenkinsopp;

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Judaism: The First Phase

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Most studies of how early Judaism related to the non-Jewish world and how it was perceived by others start no earlier than the Hellenistic period. Joseph Blenkinsopp argues that we must go further back, to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and its temple and the liquidation of the political and religious infrastructure monarchy, priesthood, scribalism, prophecy which had sustained the Judean state for centuries. / Moving beyond the ideologically driven approaches of scholars over the past two centuries, he explores such pragmatic issues as the emergence of a distinctive group identity in the aftermath of the fall of the Judean state, the degree of continuity-discontinuity between national identity before the exile and competition among distinct group for legitimacy after it, and the historical realities behind the idea of a restoration in a fundamentally different world, with neither monarchy nor statehood and a much-diminished temple. / Judaism, the First Phase is a fresh and potentially stunning look at Jewish origins, tracing the legacy of Ezra and Nehemiah. Ideal for scholars and students."

Judaism: The First Phase by Joseph Blenkinsopp was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in September 2009. The ISBN for Judaism: The First Phase is 9780802864505.

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Details for Judaism: The First Phase

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (September 2009)
Number of Pages262
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code2641902
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