A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple by Lester L. Grabbe

By Lester L. Grabbe

Within the first of 4 volumes on A background of the Jews and Judaism within the moment Temple interval, Lester Grabbe provides a entire background of Judah (Aramaic Yehud) in the course of the Persian interval. one of several the most important questions he addresses are: What are the resources for this era and the way will we overview them? and the way will we lead them to “speak” to us during the fog of centuries? Grabbe argues that there's a possibility of seeing every little thing from a Judaeo-centric perspective, or utilizing the biblical texts and out-of-date secondary fabric to supply the most standpoint in realizing historical past, while any student writing approximately this era will be acquainted with the classical historians and the close to jap assets besides. This research brings jointly and analyzes the unique resources, sifts and evaluates the secondary resources, develops a considerable historic synthesis, and issues to parts the place extra study is required. Yehud: A background of the Persian Province of Judah deals the freshest and entire exam of the political and administrative buildings; the society and financial system; the faith, temple and cult; the advancements in idea and literature; and the most important political occasions.

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Two small kilns outside the outer gate suggest that it no longer had a defensive function. A large new building may be interpreted as a palace or administrative structure because of its size and the presence of a stone pavement. Zorn suggests these changes indicate the growth of the town's function to that of a small provincial capital in the Babylonian and Persian periods (cf. 1). 3) is debated (Zorn thinks they are Neo-Babylonian rather than Persian). Zorn believes there was a gap in occupation in the latter part of the Persian period, with a resumption of occupation at the beginning of the Hellenistic (stratum 1).

Like postmodernists, the New Historicists seem to shy away from giving a defining theoretical framework but emphasize its diversity; there is also a tendency to describe its main characteristics by resorting to a list of differences 8 A History of the Jews and Judaism from the 'old historicism'. Nevertheless, there are a number of characteristics that members of movement tend to have in common (Veeser 1989: xi; Hens-Piazza 2002: 37-53): The term 'text' applies not just to literary texts but to all aspects of culture; thus all data are treated as if reading a text.

Most topics are treated fully in only one place. It was not always easy to decide on the best place to put some topics, but rather than using a rigid organization it was decided that some subjects which might have been discussed elsewhere in the book were best placed in the synthesis section (Part IV). To help the reader, however, many cross-references are given in the text, as well as a detailed Table of Contents and Indices. For wider Persian history, original sources have often been consulted, but as a non-specialist I have of necessity been dependent to some extent on secondary sources (although on any issue of Persian history and administration relevant for Yehud I have tried to go to primary sources).

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