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An Introduction to Second Temple Judaism: History and Religion of the Jews in the Time of Nehemiah, the Maccabees, Hillel, and Jesus

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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Paperback, 1st edition, 176 pages
Published August 12th 2010 by T&T Clark International (first published June 10th 2010)
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Will Waller
This book receives the oh-so-undaring score of three stars because it was such a middle of the road kind of textbook. Since it's been awhile since I read this book (having saved the final chapter to read until just now), I'm going to do this review based upon my memory.

This book is a, and I stress this, cursory look at pre-70 CE Judaism following the building of the second temple. It is certainly an introduction and many references in its annotated bibliography will lead you further into study.
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jon
Grabbe's book was a disappointment to me. It came highly recommended, but fell short of expectations that naturally should accompany the reading of a leading historian and my experience with the works of other leading historians on the subjects of his book. There is, in Grabbe's work much for future reference, but the experience of reading it was far from inspiring. The work is astute, but dry and not a little given to the state of and uncertainty of what we can know with historical assurance--m ...more
Zach Freeman
Read this one for a class - it's well-organized and to the point but there are a surprising number of typos. Not really a book you would pick up outside of a class.
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