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Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (review)

Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (review) SHOFAR Spring 2000 Vol. 18, No.3 Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, by Lawrence H. Schiffman. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav Publishing House, 1998. 777 pp. $29.50. Lawrence Schiffman has gathered a rich collection of excerpts from primary sources illustrating the religious aftermath of the destruction of the Second Temple and the development of this piety through the Talmudic period. This body of readings was edited "to provide evidence for the general picture" presented in the author's From Text to Tradition: A History ofSecond Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, published in 1991. Each section ofthe Source Reader illustrates its parallel chapter in the earlier work. The introductory essay preceding each chapter in the Source Reader allows it a usefulness quite on its own. Schiffman's History took a "dynamic and interactive" approach to the various kinds of Judaism that rubbed against each other in the aftermath of the destruction of Solomon's Temple, fairly treating nascent Christianity as one of the sects of Judaism before its radical divergence. Though the Source Reader has twice as many pages as the History it illustrates, it would be impossible even in a more immense reader to provide http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (review)

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SHOFAR Spring 2000 Vol. 18, No.3 Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, by Lawrence H. Schiffman. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav Publishing House, 1998. 777 pp. $29.50. Lawrence Schiffman has gathered a rich collection of excerpts from primary sources illustrating the religious aftermath of the destruction of the Second Temple and the development of this piety through the Talmudic period. This body of readings was edited "to provide evidence for the general picture" presented in the author's From Text to Tradition: A History ofSecond Temple and Rabbinic Judaism, published in 1991. Each section ofthe Source Reader illustrates its parallel chapter in the earlier work. The introductory essay preceding each chapter in the Source Reader allows it a usefulness quite on its own. Schiffman's History took a "dynamic and interactive" approach to the various kinds of Judaism that rubbed against each other in the aftermath of the destruction of Solomon's Temple, fairly treating nascent Christianity as one of the sects of Judaism before its radical divergence. Though the Source Reader has twice as many pages as the History it illustrates, it would be impossible even in a more immense reader to provide

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 2000

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