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In Quest of the Historical Pharisees Paperback – April 9, 2007
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"This is an important book in so many ways. It demonstrates eloquently that 'what we can't show, we don't know'―that much of what we assert about Pharisees is simply not supported by the evidence. But it also reminds us that 'objective' description is not a matter of either choosing or amalgamating sources, but of realizing that how the Pharisees were perceived and presented is indeed also some part of who they were. We also see how interpretation reveals the interpreter as well as the text: in these assured and well-informed analyses, we also discern the moral and intellectual character of the scholar. Not least, we are confronted with those other Pharisees―of Jewish and Christian mythology and contemporary critical controversy, who long outlived their historical counterparts but who still haunt and fascinate us."―Philip Davies, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield
"This is a provocative and engaging study that invites the reader to wrestle with the complexity of the sources and to come to their own synthetic conclusions. In the hands of ordinary most-modernists, such a de-centered approach to a historical question might be counterproductive, but in the hands of the learned colleagues Neusner and Chilton have here assembled, the exercise becomes a very effective way of enabling contemporary students to wrestle with difficulties of the ancient sources."―Harry Attridge, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Divinity School, Yale University
This is a provocative and engaging study that invites the reader to wrestle with the complexity of the sources and to come to their own synthetic conclusions. In the hands of ordinary most-modernists, such a de-centered approach to a historical question might be counterproductive, but in the hands of the learned colleagues Neusner and Chilton have here assembled, the exercise becomes a very effective way of enabling contemporary students to wrestle with difficulties of the ancient sources.-- Harry Attridge, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Divinity School, Yale University
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Paperback : 522 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1932792724
- ISBN-13 : 978-1932792720
- Publisher : Baylor University Press (April 9, 2007)
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 1.17 x 9.02 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #666,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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P.S. How I wish the two DVD's I have ordered in August and September would have also arrived. But I gave up all hope and will not order a DVD anymore. From other sources they arrive but not from Amazon. Pity for the money I paid
For the intellectually curious, this book can serve as a valuable corrective. Written by a range of experts, it covers each of our three major literary sources for the historical Pharisees (the Christian New Testament, the late-first-century historian Josephus, and the late-second-century Mishnah and related documents) plus relevant archaeology and some modern theology. It summarizes important research, identifies difficult questions, and valuably guides attentive students in understanding the differences between historical evidence and later theological interpretation.
Readers who wish to do so can use Amazon's listing for the paperback edition to "look inside" the book at the Table of Contents and a bit more. The recommendations from the publisher's back cover are, happily, also available and reliable (though they perhaps don't directly disclose that merely casual readers will probably be quickly overwhelmed by this book's discussions and might be better served by a good and recent theological-dictionary article).
The only thing to be added is that the Baylor University Press should be ashamed to have produced—and to charge as much as they do for—the Kindle version. Greek words are split apart, English text is often run together or randomly hyphenated in the middle of lines, footnotes are inaccessible from the main text's footnote markers, the search utility produces results in which (at least as viewed on an iPad) English text repeats parts of words and Greek is turned into nonsense Roman characters, etc. etc. Part of the problem is evidently Amazon's still deeply flawed Kindle platform; part is the fact that publishers--sadly, Baylor isn't alone--don't seem to take the electronic platform very seriously and opt for quick and easy money rather than production and distribution of a genuinely useful product that reflects anywhere near the care that went into preparing the printed book. There may also be other factors at work. In any case, unless you need the utility of an electronic reader and are prepared for its disappointing shortcomings, opt for the printed version of this book or check one out from a library. As I write, the paperback differs from the Kindle price by only $2, and a few cheaper used copies are available.