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Early Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

Frederick E. Greenspahn

Abstract

The Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient inscriptions, and Jewish books preserved within various Christian communities demonstrate that Jewish identity took a variety of forms in the period following that described in the Hebrew Bible. However, the teachings of only one of these groups – the rabbis – became normative. This was also the period during which prayer and synagogues emerged as a widespread practice. It was also at this time that the foundation for the eventual break with Christianity, which began as a form of Judaism, was laid. Remarkably, several of the features from this Second Temple period ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Dead Sea Scrolls, Bible, Judaism, identity, Second Temple, rabbis, synagogue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479896950
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479896950.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick E. Greenspahn, editor
Florida Atlantic University

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Front Matter

Introduction

Frederick E. Greenspahn

Part I Early Diversity

1 The Dead Sea Scrolls

James VanderKam

Part II Emerging Normativity

8 Ancient Jewish Gender

Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

9 Inventing Rabbis

Christine Hayes

Conclusion

Robert Goldenberg