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Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views
Stone, Michael E.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011 pp. xiv + 242. $30.00


Description: In Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views Michael Stone examines a broad range of basic issues in the study of Second Temple Judaism and calls for a radical rethinking of approaches to Jewish history. Stone challenges scholars and students to question theologically conditioned histories of ancient Judaism devised by later orthodoxies, whether Jewish or Christian, and to acknowledge religious experience as a major factor in the composition and transmission of ancient religious documents. He urges readers to look above and beyond the spectacles of tradition and cultural memory that too often distort their understanding of the ancient past. Addressing an assortment of topics regarding the authorship, transmission, and interpretation of the canonical Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, and more, Stoneís Ancient Judaism underscores the stunning complexity of both the raw data and the resulting picture of Judaism in antiquity.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel

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Review by Joseph Angel
Published 5/15/2012
Citation: Joseph Angel, review of Michael E. Stone, Ancient Judaism: New Visions and Views, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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