Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism First Paper Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0881258134
ISBN-10: 088125813X
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ktav Pub Inc; First Paper Edition edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088125813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881258134
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Schiffman has done an excellent job of providing an overview of Second Temple Judaism. The book would serve as a good text for a course in Jewish Studies since the information is inclusive, the conclusions are well supported using actual scripture, and the book is well written and readable.
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An interesting 'reader' type book about this period in Judaic history. The excerpts chosen to illustrate particular periods were enlightening. A little dry at times, but clear and informative.
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