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A Search for the Origins of Judaism : From Joshua to the Mishnah - Etienne Nodet

A Search for the Origins of Judaism

From Joshua to the Mishnah

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1997
ISBN: 9781850754459
Number Of Pages: 424

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This radical reconstruction starts by observing that Josephus's sources on the early history of Israel do not agree with the Bible and that the oldest rabbinic traditions show no sign of a biblical foundation but only of secondary offshoots from the Bible. Another interesting question is raised by the Samaritan claim, at the time of the persecutions under Antiochus Epiphanes, that they had only recently received the Sabbath from the Jews. From such details, Nodet builds up a comprehensive line of argument that reveals two major sources of Judaism, as symbolized in the subtitle of his work: Joshua was the one who established locally in writing a statute and a law at the Shechem assembly, while the Mishnah was the ultimate metamorphosis of traditions brought from Babylon and mixed in with Judaean influences.

Introduction to the English Editionp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 14
From Cyrus to the Mishnah: Some Problemsp. 17
The Sabbath and Warp. 63
The Sabbath in the Biblep. 93
The Samaritans and Shechemp. 122
About the Origin of the Samaritansp. 154
The Maccabaean Crisisp. 202
Simon the Just, Hillel, the Mishnahp. 272
Ezra and Nehemiahp. 337
Conclusion and Perspectivesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 391
Index of Referencesp. 407
Index of Authorsp. 420
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ISBN: 9781850754459
ISBN-10: 1850754454
Series: JSOT Supplement (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.77