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Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism Paperback – August 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0881258134 ISBN-10: 088125813X Edition: First Paper Edition

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  • Publisher: Ktav Pub Inc; First Paper Edition edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088125813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881258134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Speed on July 30, 2011
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Excellent review, interpretation and synthesis of the period. The best thing out there. The only thing out there, actually. But extremely thoughtful, objective and insightful. If you're interested in a thorough review of Judaism from the destruction of the first temple through the destruction of the second, this is the book to get. And its is an outstandingly interesting period, one that should be studied by anyone seriously interested Jewish and Christian history. A lot of fundamental theology was developed during this period. Schiffman is a highly respected scholar, and the book is a thoughtful but easily grasped read.

This book (2003) is very similar to an earlier Schiffman book: From Text to Tradition, A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (1991). This adds some fresh material and includes historic source documents.
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Well written for just about everyone to understand what is meant by Rabbinic Judaism. There are a few passages the author could have left out but it is an enjoyable read and enlightening.
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By Eagle1 on July 18, 2013
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It's hard to find books like this, that examine the Second Temple time period, from a scholarly Jewish perspective. So I was very happy to have made this purchase. I think it certainly contributes to our understanding and perspective of this time period. However, if you are looking to learn more about New Testament or Christian oriented topics (IE: early ideas about Jewish perspectives on Jesus), this really isn't the book for you. Clearly, the author was not focused on that subject at all, and gives only brief references to that subject. In my opinion, this is as it should be, as that subject just wasn't on the Rabbinic radar - as much as some might want to believe. This book is about the Second Temple & Rabbinic Judaism, as the title states. In this regard, he was not trying to be polemical. If you are looking for objective "Jewish" history on the Second Temple (from a Beit-Hillel Pharisaic tradition), then this is the place to start.
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