'This is a significant study and has much to teach both in its main concerns and in the detailed data and in the bibliography (the extensive Hebrew language bibliography is especially helpful)...This book will provide a firm foundation on which to carry out further work on sect origin and development' '...Baumgarten's book is a breath of fresh air. He takes the broadest possible view of the limited evidence for early Jewish sects, generating multiple possible interpretations...a fertile, thoughtful, anf suggestive treatment...' Anthony J. Saldarini, The Jounal of Religion. 'This book is extraordinarily important and should be read by every student of Second Temple Judaism. James E. West, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1998. '...fluently written...a fine book...' J.R. Bartlett '...the book has interesting ideas of widely varying kinds on almost every page...This is an important book to which both students and scholars will turn for stimulation and elightenment.' Martin Goodman, Journal of Biblical Literature. '...the depth and vigor of this enquiry are so impressive that many of his multifarious observations may well become standard...the book has interesting ideas of widely varying kinds on almost every page...This is an important book to which both students and scholars will turn for stimulation and enlightenment.' Martin Goodman, Review of Biblical Literature, 1999.
About the Author
Albert I. Baumgarten, Ph.D. (1972) in History, Columbia University, is Associate Professor of Jewish History at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He has published numerous studies applying social scientific methods to the understanding of Second Temple Judaism.