Was 70 ce a Watershed in Jewish History?: On Jews and Judaism before and after the Destruction of the Second Temple . (Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 78). Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xv, 548. Hardback. €165.00 / us $ 226.00. isbn 978-90-04-21534-4. The question whether and to what extent the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 c.e . constituted a major turning point in Jewish history is widely debated amongst scholars. In this debate simple claims of either a direct continuation between Pharisaic and rabbinic Judaism or a radical change after the destruction have recently been replaced by much more complex historical analyses. In all likelihood, certain aspects of Second Temple Judaism, such as the increased focus on Torah study, would have continued amongst some sectors of the population whereas others, especially certain Temple rituals, would have ceased or been transformed to fit the new situation. The present volume, based on a Jerusalem symposium organized by the Hebrew University’s Scholion Center in 2009, is a welcome addition to this debate. The twenty papers published here deal with the question from various perspectives: sectarianism and religious leadership; sacred space, art and magic; sacred texts and liturgy; political subjugation
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jul 24, 2014
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