The Cambridge History of Judaism: The early Roman period

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William David Davies, Louis Finkelstein, William Horbury, John Sturdy, Steven T. Katz, Mitchell Bryan Hart, Tony Michels, Jonathan Karp, Adam Sutcliffe, Robert Chazan
Cambridge University Press, 1984 - Judaism - 446 pages
"The Cambridge History of Judaism" covers the history of the Jews from the Exile in 5 87 B.C.E. to the early Roman period extending into the third century C.E.A comprehensive examination is made of all the relevant literary and archeological sources, and special attention is given to the interaction of Iranian, Semitic, Hellenistic and Roman cultures. The contributors include both Jewish and Gentile scholars from many countries, and this History thus helps to deliver the study of Jewish history and Christian origins from geographical and religious limitations, and contributes to a deeper understanding and a broader tolerance. This first volume opens with three introductory chapters to the work as a whole dealing with the geographical background, the chronology and the numismatic history of Judaism. The remainder of this volume concentrates on the Persian period, the two and a half centuries following the Babylonian Exile.

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