On the Origins of Judaism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-10-16
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This book covers several basic issues in the formation of early Judaism. It explores the identity of those who produced and canonized the Hebrew Bible and subsequently shaped its interpretation, re-examines the significance and impact of Second Isaiah, and the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, traces the root of Jewish apocalyptic literature, and the possible origins of the exodus story. Two final chapters consider the mechanics of table fellowship in diaspora Judaism and consider the ethical systems of the Hebrew Bible and of the Athenian tragedians in the light of their respective social and political structures. Some of these essays have previously appeared but all have been revised.

Author Biography

Philip R. Davies is Research Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, and the author of many books on topics ranging from ancient Israel, the Hebrew canon and the Dead Sea Scrolls, including In Search of Ancient Israel (Sheffield Academic Press, 1992), Scribes and Schools: The Canonization of the Hebrew Scriptures (Westminster John Knox Press, 1998) and The Origins of Biblical Israel (TT Clark, 2007). He is also the editor of numerous textbooks and collected essays, including Yours Faithfully: Virtual Letters from the Bible (Equinox Publishing, 2004).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
Early Judaism(s)p. 6
Scripture and Early Judaism(s)p. 35
öLawö and Early Judaism(s)p. 54
Deuteronomy and the Origin of Judaismp. 72
The God of Cyrus and the God of Israelp. 85
Jewish Apocalypticp. 100
Enoch and Genesisp. 120
Eating and Drinking in the Qumran Textsp. 130
Eating and Drinking in the Roman Empirep. 141
Bibliographyp. 154
Index of Referencesp. 167
Index of Authorsp. 171
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