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Title: Das Selbstverstandnis der judischen Diaspora in der hellenistisch-romischen Zeit
Author: Unnik, W C Van
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1992
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004096936
Volumes: 1; Pages: 200
List Price in Cloth: $180.00 Our price: $152.99
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Fifteen years after his death the last book by Willem Cornelis van Unnik (1910-1978) is now published. This great scholar presents here the results of his thorough investigation of self-definition in the Jewish diaspora of late antiquity. After an introductory chapter which includes a brief history of research, Van Unnik investigates the semantic field of the Greek term diaspora, the use of this word in the Septuagint and the New Testament, the history of the term in post-biblical Jewish and Christian writings, and the theological understanding of the term.Van Unnik concludes that in Jewish circles living in the diaspora has always been regarded as an essentially negative and frightening phenomenon, much more so than many modern investigations would have us believe. The main text of this book. The main text of this book is completely from the pen of Van Unnik; only the footnotes were missing. The editor has added footnotes and an extensive biographical-bibliographical introduction and appendices.'... dem Wert der Untersuchung, an der niemand fr die Bestimmung des Wortgehalts von diaspora knftig wird vorbergehen drfen...'--Nikolaus Walter, Theologische Literaturzeitung, 1993.'... a significant contribution to the debate.'--J. Lieu, Society for Old Testament Studies, 1994.'... das ganze zu einem lesenswerten Buch gemacht-eine entsagungsvolle, dankenswerte Arbeit. ... Van Unniks deutscher Stil liest sehr angenehm und l�t Staunen ber die Sprachbeherrschung des Verfassers.'--Folker Siegert, Studia Philonica Annual, 1994.'Van Unnik's work carefully (and typically) examines the theme, the Septuagintal and other classical Jewish usage, and the theological significance of the concept. ... The book is beautifully produced and is provided with indices of inscriptions and of biblical and classical passages.'--E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology.'This book is clearly written and well worth reading ... the book is a healthy corrective to the earlier and quite slanted views of Schmidt and others.'--Thomas H. Tobin, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1995.'The editor deserves our gratitude and admiration for having made accessible for further research the posthumous study of van Unnik.'--K.-W. Niebuhr Journal of Theological Studies, 1995.'The work is solid, and should be taken into account by anyone attempting to understand the Jewish experience of GrecoRoman times.'--Pieter J J Botha Religion & Theology, 1995.