The Eerdmans dictionary of early Judaism /
edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans, 2010.
xxxvii, 1360 p. ill., facsims., plans ; 26 cm.
9780802825490 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans, 2010.
9780802825490 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Essays. Early Judaism in modern scholarship / John J. Collins -- Jewish history from Alexander to Hadrian / Chris Seeman and Adam Kolman Marshak -- Judaism in the land of Israel / James C. VanderKam -- Judaism in the diaspora / Erich S. Gruen -- The Jewish scriptures : texts, versions, canons / Eugene Ulrich -- Early Jewish biblical interpretation / James L. Kugel -- Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha / Loren T. Stuckenbruck -- Dead Sea scrolls / Eibert Tigchelaar -- Early Jewish literature written in Greek / Katell Berthelot -- Archaeology, papyri, and inscriptions / J├╝rgen K. Zangenberg -- Jews among Greeks and Romans / Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev -- Early Judaism and early Christianity / Daniel C. Harlow -- Early Judaism and rabbinic Judaism / Lawrence H. Schiffman -- Dictionary entries A-Z
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-06-01:
Collins (Yale) and Harlow (Calvin College) here provide the field of early Judaism with a much-needed, single-volume reference. Although other, larger works--e.g., the Anchor Bible Dictionary, edited by D. N. Freedman et al. (CH, Apr'93, 30-4131), and Encyclopaedia Judaica, edited by F. Skolnik (CH, Sep'07, 45-0038)--address similar topics, they are somewhat cumbersome for novices and too broad for experts. Collins and Harlow address a narrower subject in greater depth. Included are 13 essays by very prolific scholars in Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism, including James VanderKam ("Judaism in the Land of Israel"), Erich Gruen ("Judaism in the Diaspora"), James Kugel ("Early Jewish Biblical Interpretation"), and Lawrence Schiffman ("Early Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism"). These introductory essays not only provide readers with substantial background for the 520 entries that follow, but also serve as a suitable prolegomenon for students.The extensive entries--written by a diverse and experienced group of scholars--address many subject areas pertinent to early Judaism, including various forms of literature; ancient and modern authors; religious groups, movements, beliefs, and institutions; and various social, cultural, and political topics. Also included is an impressive sampling of geographic and archaeological topics, well-illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps. Following the entries are fairly extensive bibliographies. One curious shortcoming is the lack of a comprehensive index to enhance the entry lists (alphabetical and by subject). Accordingly readers need some previous knowledge to look up information on, e.g., specific Hasmonaean dynasts, which lack separate entries. Another problem surrounds the nebulous period of "early Judaism." While the volume's preface favors a period from Alexander to Bar Kokhba (332 BCE-135 CE), several entries--especially those relating to archaeology and rabbinics--extend beyond this range. Minor flaws aside, this is an important and highly useful volume. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. S. H. Werlin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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