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Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament: Volume 1: Prayer and Agriculture
Instone-Brewer, David

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004 pp. xxv + 456. $60.00


Description: Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament (TRENT) is a major new six-volume work of scholarship that provides an exhaustive collection of early rabbinic traditions and commentary on their relevance to the New Testament. Focusing on 63 rabbinic traditions central to ancient Jewish life, David Instone-Brewer’s massive study provides significant insights into Jewish thought and practice prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. For each rabbinic tradition considered, the supporting Hebrew source text is provided side by side with an English translation. Instone-Brewer also presents evidence that exists for accurately dating these rabbinic sources — a critical task recently advanced by modern dating techniques. He goes on to thoroughly discuss the meaning and importance of each rabbinic tradition for Second Temple Judaism, also analyzing any echoes or direct appearances of the tradition in the New Testament writings. In this first TRENT volume, Instone-Brewer examines texts relating to prayer and agriculture. The first section includes texts dealing with when and how to recite the Shema, the Eighteen Benedictions, and other blessings and prayers. The second section contains texts on a wide variety of considerations related to agriculture, such as the “leftovers” to which the poor were entitled, tithing, “mixed” foods and other products, Sabbath Year activities, offerings, and so on.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Mishnah and Talmud, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Early Church Origins, Other History

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Review by Carol Bakhos
Published 8/18/2007
Citation: Carol Bakhos, review of David Instone-Brewer, Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament: Volume 1: Prayer and Agriculture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


Review by Casey Toews
Published 10/8/2005
Citation: Casey Toews, review of David Instone-Brewer, Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament: Volume 1: Prayer and Agriculture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2005).


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