The World of Jesus: First-century Judaism in Crisis Paperback

First-Century Judaism in Crisis

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The World of Jesus: First-century Judaism in Crisis

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This book examines the social, economic, political, and cultural context of first-century Judaism. Precipitated by the coming of the Romans during the previous century, Judaism experienced a crisis of cultural erosion in the first century A.D. The author first describes the ways in which foreign domination threatened the Jewish community - for example, by causing a migration away from the countryside into cities. He then discusses how various groups of Jews tried to preserve their cultural identity through their definitions of Jewishness and through the ethical codes they devised. Groups examined include the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Zealots, the Essenes, and John the Baptist and his followers. The author locates Jesus' teaching in relation to the teachings of these groups, arguing that Jesus was deeply committed to the values of the Jewish tradition even while he proposed radical change that he believed would bring renewal.

The World of Jesus: First-century Judaism in Crisis by John Riches was published by Cambridge University Press in September 1990 and is our 47854th best seller. The ISBN for The World of Jesus: First-century Judaism in Crisis is 9780521386760.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 1990)
Weight180g
Number of Pages160
Thickness9 mm
Height186 mm
Width123 mm
ISBN9780521386760
ISBN-100521386764
Product Code13386
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