Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views by Michael E. Stone PDF

By Michael E. Stone

ISBN-10: 0802866360

ISBN-13: 9780802866363

Ancient Judaism questions a extensive variety of simple assumptions made via scholars of moment Temple Judaism and demands a thorough rethinking of ways to Jewish background reviews. Michael Stone demanding situations theologically conditioned histories of old Judaism devised by way of later orthodoxies, even if Jewish or Christian, and he stresses the significance of knowing spiritual event as a significant factor within the composition of old non secular records. Addressing the useless Sea Scrolls and apocalyptic literature in addition to contemporary theories, Stone emphasizes the beautiful complexity of either the uncooked information and the ensuing photograph of Judaism in antiquity.

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43. The scholarly literature on these sources is extensive. A detailed bibliographic re­ source for many aspects of this period is DiTommaso, Bibliography. From a different per­ spective, rich, if not always well-organized information may be found in Denis and Haelewyck, Introduction a la litterature religieuse judeo-hellenistique. 44. Since Syriac is an Aramaic dialect, scholars have suggested that on occasion Syriac Christian literature absorbed Jewish traditions more or less directly, without a Christian Greek intermediary stage.

See note 36 above. 20 Our Perception of Origins ded in later works, themselves transmitted by copying and printing; (3) writings and artefacts discovered archaeologically relating to the Land of Israel or adjoining cultures or the Jewish Diaspora. " In the perspective of "preorthodox" antiquity (as far as that can be ascertained), the subsequently dominant tradition or its protogenitor might have been minor. E. " We can no longer speak of the sudden disappearance of all Judaism but that of the rabbis (together, perhaps, with an associated mystical trend, of which people speak in undertones) on the one hand and the clear hegemony of "or­ thodox" Christianity at the expense of Gnosticism and other so-called "sec­ tarian" trends on the other.

We must aspire to an inclusive picture that is painted with all surviving evidence. From consideration of this range of problems and with this approach it should be possible to achieve a different perspective on the place that earliest Christianity held within the range of Jewish religious expression. Clearly, Second Temple Judaism looks very different when it is described from as many sources as possible, and not merely delineated from the later perspectives of Christianity or of Rabbinic Judaism.

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