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Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (Malka Z Simkovich) Paperback Book, (Jewish Publication Society, 2018) 9780827612655
Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (Malka Z Simkovich) Paperback Book, (Jewish Publication Society, 2018) 9780827612655
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Title: Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism

Author: Simkovich, Malka Z

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society; Publication Date: 2018

Paperback; ISBN: 9780827612655

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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Exploring the world of the Second Temple period (539 BCE-70 CE), in particular the vastly diverse stories, commentaries, and other documents written by Jews during the last three centuries of this period, Malka Z. Simkovich takes us to Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, to the Jewish sectarians and the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus, to the Cairo genizah, and to the ancient caves that kept the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. As she recounts Jewish history during this vibrant, formative era, Simkovich analyzes some of the period's most important works for both familiar and possible meanings.

This volume interweaves past and present in four parts. Part 1 tells modern stories of discovery of Second Temple literature. Part 2 describes the Jewish communities that flourished both in the land of Israel and in the Diaspora. Part 3 explores the lives, worldviews, and significant writings of Second Temple authors. Part 4 examines how authors of the time introduced novel, rewritten, and/or expanded versions of Bible stories in hopes of imparting messages to the people.

Simkovich's popular style will engage readers in understanding the sometimes surprisingly creative ways Jews at this time chose to practice their religion and interpret its scriptures in light of a cultural setting so unlike that of their Israelite forefathers. Like many modern Jews today, they made an ancient religion meaningful in an ever-changing world.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: In Search of the Second Temple Era

Timeline

Part 1. The Modern Recovery of Second Temple Literature

Chapter 1. The Cairo Genizah

Chapter 2. Manuscripts and Monasteries

Chapter 3. The Dead Sea Scrolls

Part 2. Jewish Life in the Second Temple Period

Chapter 4. Jerusalem

Chapter 5. Alexandria

Chapter 6. Antioch

Part 3. The Worldviews of Second Temple Writers

Chapter 7. The Wisdom Seekers

Chapter 8. The Sectarians

Chapter 9. Interpreters of Israelite History

Chapter 10. Josephus Flavius

Part 4. The Holy Texts of Second Temple Judaism

Chapter 11. The Codified Bible

Chapter 12. Rewriting the Bible

Chapter 13. The Expanded Bible

Conclusion

Glossary of Key Names, Places, and Books

Notes

Bibliography

General Index

Index by Passage

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