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Early Judaism
A Comprehensive Overview
PAPERBACK; Published: 11/29/2012
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6922-7
533 Pages
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Culled from The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, a monumental, groundbreaking reference work published in late 2010, Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview contains fifteen first-rate essays from a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars. This volume provides the most comprehensive and authoritative overview available of Judaism in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.

Contributors:
John M. G. BarclayMiriam Pucci Ben ZeevKatell Berthelot
John J. CollinsErich S. GruenDaniel C. Harlow
James L. KugelAdam Kolman MarshakSteve Mason
James S. McLarenMaren R. NiehoffDavid T. Runia
Lawrence H. SchiffmanChris SeemanGregory E. Sterling
Loren T. StuckenbruckEibert TigchelaarEugene Ulrich
Annewies van den HoekJames C. VanderKamJürgen K. Zangenberg


Watch the trailer below or an extended interview with both John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow on Eerdmans TV.
REVIEWS
-- John Barton in Times Literary Supplement
"I do not think there is now a better guide to early Judaism than The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. . . . Opens a door into a fascinating and compelling world of ideas, texts, and practices.ö
-- Booklist
"The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is an outstanding reference work that not only introduces this important era but also serves as a status report for scholarly activity in this area over the past few decades.ö
-- Trinity Journal
"It is difficult to overstate how impressive the volume is in terms of scope, quality of scholarship, and number of high-level contributors. . . . The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is bound to be a classic reference text for the next generation. It is more than worth its weight in gold - which, given the bulky nature of the book, is quite considerable!ö
Review of Biblical Literature
"What makes this volume so valuable is a condensation of some of the best scholarly reflections on early Judaism."
Reviews in Religion and Theology
"For those who want a substantial introduction to Early Judaism, this collection of essays by top scholars in the field is a superb overview of the subject. The issues are presented with clarity and the writers make sensible judgments about the evidence."
Near Eastern Archaeological Society Bulletin
"A helpful read for those who would like to gain a first understanding of Early Judaism."
Theological Book Review
"This book reproduces the thirteen introductory essays, together with the entries on Philo and Josephus, from The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, published to great acclaim in 2010. The articles do indeed constitute a comprehensive overview of early Judaism, focussing on the period between Alexander the Great (late fourth century BCE) and the Bar Kokhba Revolt (early second century CE). They include `Jewish History from Alexander to Hadrian', `Judaism in the Diaspora', `Early Jewish Biblical Interpretation', `The Dead Sea Scrolls', `Archaeology, Papyri, and Inscriptions', and `Jews among Greeks and Romans', in each case providing an up-to-date, clear introduction, with accompanying bibliography."

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