The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Hardcover. Pp. xxxvii + 1360. us $ 95.00. isbn 978-0-8028-2549-0. The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism ( edej )—here conceived as spanning from the arrival of Alexander the Great to the end of the Second Jewish Revolt—offers a comprehensive and state of the art introduction to and assessment of the thriving field of Early Jewish studies. edej is made up of two main parts with thirteen keynote essays prefacing 520 dictionary entries in alphabetical order. The variety of topics covered is impressive, ranging from Early Jewish literature (broadly conceived and including seventeen entries on the Hebrew Bible, as well as a large number of entries dealing with Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and seven entries on rabbinic literature), history, economy, culture, religious beliefs and practices, archaeology and a small selection of modern scholars. Each entry closes with a bibliography enabling readers to pursue initial enquiries and opening up the scholarly debate at a more advanced level. The opening essay (“Early Judaism and Modern Scholarship”) by co-editor John Collins expertly sketches the major shifts in our evidence base and the evaluation of our
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