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Jewish Identity and Politics between the Maccabees and Bar Kokhba: Groups, Normativity, and Rituals
Eckhardt, Benedikt, editor

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. x + 282. $144.00

Series Information
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 155

Description: The 300 years between the beginning of Maccabean resistance against Seleucid rule and the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt were formative for the development of Jewish identity in antiquity. The frequent political changes (from Seleucid to Hasmonean, Herodian and Roman rule) presented profound challenges to Jewish self-understanding. Political adjustments were coupled with internal reconfigurations. We witness the invention and reinterpretation of rituals, the emergence of new religious groups, and the use of scripture as argument. This volume brings together the perspectives of scholars of different background in order to make use of the multifaceted evidence. The interdisciplinary approach leads to a comprehensive picture of the interrelation between identity and politics in this crucial period of ancient Jewish history.

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

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Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 11/10/2012
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Benedikt Eckhardt, ed., Jewish Identity and Politics between the Maccabees and Bar Kokhba: Groups, Normativity, and Rituals, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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