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Scribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea

Richard A Horsley

Scribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea

Richard A Horsley

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"It was a time in the Near East when indigenous intellectuals and local insurgents were challenging imperial rule. Inspired by the revival of traditional religion, exclusive devotion to the one God, intellectuals and peasants alike became increasingly unhappy with their own rulers, who were being maintained in their positions of power and privilege by the imperial regime. Intellectuals were bothered that the rich and powerful elite were becoming ever more wealthy at the expense of the poor. Some of the more tradition-minded intellectuals continued to support the established order and incumbent rulers. Others struggled to comprehend why the times seemed so out of joint, why their own aristocratic families collaborated with the imperial power and assimilated more and more to the dominant imperial culture, and how the imperial regime was becoming an ever greater threat to the traditional way of life.... This escalating crisis and these books that responded to it were political-economic as well as cultural-religious, and these dimensions were inseparable."

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Judaism and Christianity both arose in times of empire, with roots in Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. In order to understand these religious movements, we must first understand the history and society of these imperial cultures. In these formative years, wisdom and apocalyptic traditions flourished as two significant religious forms. InScribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea, distinguished New Testament scholar Richard A. Horsley analyzes the function and meaning of these religious movements within their social context, providing essential background for the development of early Judaism and early Christianity. It is an ideal textbook for classes on the rise of Judaism or the Second Temple period, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Apocrypha.



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"It was a time in the Near East when indigenous intellectuals and local insurgents were challenging imperial rule. Inspired by the revival of traditional religion, exclusive devotion to the one God, intellectuals and peasants alike became increasingly unhappy with their own rulers, who were being maintained in their positions of power and privilege by the imperial regime. Intellectuals were bothered that the rich and powerful elite were becoming ever more wealthy at the expense of the poor. Some of the more tradition-minded intellectuals continued to support the established order and incumbent rulers. Others struggled to comprehend why the times seemed so out of joint, why their own aristocratic families collaborated with the imperial power and assimilated more and more to the dominant imperial culture, and how the imperial regime was becoming an ever greater threat to the traditional way of life.... This escalating crisis and these books that responded to it were political-economic as well as cultural-religious, and these dimensions were inseparable."
- Publisher

Judaism and Christianity both arose in times of empire, with roots in Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. In order to understand these religious movements, we must first understand the history and society of these imperial cultures. In these formative years, wisdom and apocalyptic traditions flourished as two significant religious forms. InScribes, Visionaries, and the Politics of Second Temple Judea, distinguished New Testament scholar Richard A. Horsley analyzes the function and meaning of these religious movements within their social context, providing essential background for the development of early Judaism and early Christianity. It is an ideal textbook for classes on the rise of Judaism or the Second Temple period, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Apocrypha.


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Meet the Author

Richard A Horsley

Richard A. Horsley, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of numerous books, including The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World; Jesus and the Spiral of Violence; Jesus and the Empire; Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History; Wisdom and Spiritual Transcendence at Corinth and 1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary).
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  • Catalogue Code 266982
  • Product Code 9780664229917
  • ISBN 0664229913
  • EAN 9780664229917
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2007
  • Sales Rank #48127
  • Dimensions 226 x 156 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.522kg

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