The Emergence of Judaism

The Emergence of Judaism

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Although the ethnic-religious tradition that became classical Judaism solidified around 100 CE, its roots are found in the ancient biblical tales of the Israelites. Stories of the descent into Egypt, the Exodus under Moses, and the eventual rise of the Israelite monarchy are essential to understanding classical rabbinic Judaism. Through the lens of modern biblical scholarship, Hayes explores the shifting cultural contexts--the Babylonian exile, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine period, the rise of Christianity--that affected Jewish thought and practice, and laid the groundwork for the Talmudic era and its modern legacy.
Thematic chapters, biographical sketches and primary documents illuminate the emergence of the Jewish tradition, from the Israelites to the modern era.

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Putting aside the history and civilization of the Jewish people, Hayes (religious studies in classical Judaica, Yale U.) is here more concerned with the emergence and development of the religious traditions, texts, practices, and ideas of Judaism through late antiquity. She surveys the biblical sources and related extra-biblical evidence, examines the transformation of the Israelite heritage prior to the first century CE, and describes the rise of classical rabbinic Judaism and its establishment as the normative tradition of Judaism. A final chapter surveys Judaism's developments up to the modern period. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780313332067 (hbk.)
0313332061 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 296.09014 HAY
Characteristics: xxii, 197 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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