Judaism Before Jesus
Turning the page from Malachi to Matthew, we skip a lot of history. In fact, it is something like missing several key episodes in an ongoing television saga. The setting and main plot line are familiar, but new characters...
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Turning the page from Malachi to Matthew, we skip a lot of history.
In fact, it is something like missing several key episodes in an ongoing television saga. The setting and main plot line are familiar, but new characters have appeared and more recent events and developments are assumed.
Did anyone record the episodes we missed?
Fortunately a few did. Their reception wasn't always good, and there are annoying cuts and splices. But Anthony J. Tomasino has put together the missing episodes and skillfully retells the story of Judaism before Jesus, from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah to the Herods, and even up to Masada.
The result is an entertaining, informative and enlightening retelling of the story of Judaism and the development of the ideas, subplots and characters that shaped the world of Jesus and the first Christians.
In turning the page from Malachi to Matthew in the Bible, we skip over a lot of history. Anthony Tomasino tells the story of intertestamental Judaism in an accessible text specifically designed for Christian laypeople.
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List of Figures
^1. Putting Together the Past
^2. Returning and Rebuilding
^3. The Persian Impact on Judaism
^4. The Greeks in the East
^5. The Fight for Freedom
^6. Jewish Diversity in the Hasmonean Era
^7. The Second Jewish Commonwealth
^8. The Hellenistic Inheritance
^9. The Romans and the Jews
^10. Oppression, Resistance & Messianic Hope
^Epilogue: Anno Domini
^A Compendium of Jewish History
^Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
^Anthony J. Tomasino is assistant professor of biblical studies at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Anthony J. Tomasino (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a United Methodist pastor and a scholar of ancient Judaism. He currently serves as assistant professor of biblical studies at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is the author of Written Upon the Heart: The Ten Commandments for Christians Today and Jesus Before Judaism: The Events & Ideas That Shaped the New Testament World.