Judaism Before Jesus: The Events and Idea's That Shaped the New Testament
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...
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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.
Table of Contents1. Putting Together the Past2. Returning and Rebuilding3. The Persian Impact on Judaism4. The Greeks in the East5. The Fight for Freedom6. Jewish Diversity in the Hasmonean Era7. The Second Jewish Commonwealth8. The Hellenistic Inheritance9. The Romans and the Jews10. Oppression, Resistance & Messianic Hope Epilogue: Anno DominiGlossary
Introduces the history, literature and ideas of Judaism in the era before Christ, from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah to the Herods, and even up to Masada. Fills in the "missing story" between the Old and New Testaments. Expands understanding of the New Testament world highlighting the ideas, subplots and characters that shaped the world of Jesus and the first Christians. Informed by the best of recent scholarship. Includes bibliographics for further reading. Features maps, glossary, time line and other helps.
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.
- 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: <em>anno Domini</em>
- A Compendium Of Jewish History
- Glossary And Pronunciation Guide
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index