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Texts and traditions : a source reader for the study of Second Temple and rabbinic Judaism
Schiffman, Lawrence H.
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Hoboken, NJ : KTAV Pub. House, 1998.
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xxvi, 777 pages ; 24 cm
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This massive compendium of primary sources details Jewish history and religion from the biblical period through the end of Talmudic times. The selections are deftly chosen to illustrate the main literary styles, philosophical and religious ideologies, community structures, and historical developments of this long and central period in the formation of postbiblical Judaism. The 14 primary topical divisions, beginning with the biblical heritage and concluding with the hegemony of the Babylonian Talmud, are introduced with substantial comments describing each historical period and highlighting the specific points the selected texts illustrate. This nicely sets the stage for the lay reader. The brief individual selections are aptly chosen and, supplied with basic introductions and notes, are generally accessible. Overall, the volume is a wonderfully rich introduction to the entire range of primary literatures of Second Temple and rabbinic Judaism and, as its author intends, will be an invaluable supplement to the historical reconstruction in his deservedly popular From Text to Tradition (CH, Feb'92). Recommended for general readers and undergraduates. A. J. Avery-Peck; College of The Holy Cross