Judaism Before Jesus The Events and Ideas That Shaped the New Testament World

ISBN-10: 0830827307
ISBN-13: 9780830827305
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Turning the page from Malachi to Matthew, we skip a lot of history.In fact, it is something like missing several key episodes in an ongoing television saga. The setting and main plot line are familiar, but new characters have appeared and more recent events and developments are assumed.Did anyone record the episodes we missed?Fortunately a few did. Their reception wasn't always good, and there are annoying cuts and splices. But Anthony J. Tomasino has put together the missing episodes and skillfully retells the story of Judaism before Jesus, from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah to the Herods, and even up to Masada.The result is an entertaining, informative and enlightening retelling of the story of Judaism and the development of the ideas, subplots and characters that shaped the world of Jesus and the first Christians.

Tomasino (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is ordained as a minister in the United Methodist church. He currently serves as Director of the Biblical Studies Program and associate professor of Bible, Old Testament and Hebrew studies at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. A scholar of ancient Judaism, he is also the author of Written Upon the Heart: The Ten Commandments for Christians Today.

List of Figures
Preface
Abbreviations
Putting Together the Past
Returning and Rebuilding
The Persian Impact on Judaism
The Greeks in the East
The Fight for Freedom
Jewish Diversity in the Hasmonean Era
The Second Jewish Commonwealth
The Hellenistic Inheritance
The Romans and the Jews
Oppression, Resistance and Messianic Hopes
Epilogue: Anno Domini
A Compendium of Jewish History
Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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