From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature

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tween Israel and the Diaspora may contribute an obfuscating, rather than clarifying, lens for viewing the materials. Related to this matter is the problem of considering this Hebrew and Aramaic literature as wholly distinct from Hellenistic literature, rather than as an eastern variety of it. Each of these issues must be addressed in finding an appropriate method for the study of this important and vast literary monument. Despite the cautions raised here, the modern study of rabbinic literature has been rich and rewarding for the theologian, historian, and literary critic alike.


Suggested Readings

Holtz, Barry, ed. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. New York: Summit Books, 1984. An elementary work written by Jews for a Jewish audience.

Mulder, M. J., ed. Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum [CRINT] 2:1. Assen /Maastricht and Philadelphia: Van Gorcum and Fortress Press, 1988. A scholarly work written for scholars by a mixture of Jews and Christians.

Safrai, S., ed. The Literature of the Sages. CRINT 2:3. Assen /Maastricht and Philadelphia: Van Gorcum and Fortress Press, 1987. A scholarly work written largely by Jews for scholars.

Strack, H. L., and G. Stemberger. Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1992. This work is available in a variety of European languages. A scholarly handbook written by Christians for a scholarly audience.

Visotzky, B. Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text, 2nd ed. New York: Schocken Press, 1996. A popular work on rabbinic interpretation of Scripture.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 7
  • 1 - The Hebrew Bible 9
  • Notes 35
  • Suggested Readings 35
  • 2 - Jewish History and Culture in the Hellenistic Period 37
  • Notes 54
  • Suggested Readings 55
  • 3 - Judaism Under Roman Domination: from the Hasmoneans Through the Destruction of the Second Temple 57
  • Notes 69
  • Suggested Readings 69
  • 4 - The Literature of the Rabbis 71
  • Suggested Readings 102
  • 5 - The History of Medieval Jewry 103
  • Suggested Readings 126
  • 6 - Medieval Jewish Literature 127
  • Suggested Readings 165
  • 7 - Medieval Jewish Philosophy 167
  • Notes 180
  • Suggested Readings 180
  • 8 - Modern Jewish History 181
  • Suggested Readings 206
  • 9 - History of Soviet Jewry 207
  • Notes 231
  • Suggested Readings 231
  • 10 - Modern Jewish Literature 233
  • Notes 254
  • Suggested Readings 254
  • About the Editors and Contributors 255
  • Index 257
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