Judaism, the First Phase: The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism
Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009 pp. xiv + 262. $30.00
Description: Most studies of how early Judaism related to the non-Jewish world and how others perceived it start no earlier than the Hellenistic period. Joseph Blenkinsopp argues that we must go further back, to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and its temple and the liquidation of the political and religious infrastructure ó monarchy, priesthood, scribalism, prophecy ó which had sustained the Judean state for centuries. Judaism, the First Phase is a fresh ó and potentially stunning ó look at Jewish origins, tracing the legacy of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Ezra, Nehemiah, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism
Review by Joshua Schwartz
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Joseph Blenkinsopp, Judaism, the First Phase: The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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