9780830827305

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780830827305

  • ISBN10:

    0830827307

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Anthony J. Tomasino is assistant professor of biblical studies at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
6(1)
Preface 7(3)
Abbreviations 10(3)
Putting Together the Past
13(35)
Returning and Rebuilding
48(21)
The Persian Impact on Judaism
69(34)
The Greeks in the East
103(34)
The Fight for Freedom
137(23)
Jewish Diversity in the Hasmonean Era
160(26)
The Second Jewish Commonwealth
186(27)
The Hellenistic Inheritance
213(32)
The Romans and the Jews
245(33)
Oppression, Resistance and Messianic Hopes
278(29)
Epilogue: Anno Domini 307(19)
A Compendium of Jewish History 326(3)
Glossary and Pronunciation Guide 329(8)
Subject Index 337(5)
Scripture Index 342

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