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Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students
Larry R. Helyer

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Format: Paperback, 425pp.
ISBN: 0830826785
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Pub. Date: September 2002

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From the crisis of the Babylonian exile to the rise of rabbinic Judaism--a span of over six hundred years--the Jewish people produced a wealth of literature that lies outside the Hebrew Bible. Today it goes under names such as apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Josephus and Philo, apocalyptic literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mishnah and targums. But line by line, scroll by scroll, it represents the history and theology, the hopes and prayers of a living and diverse Judaism. It is an engrossing subject in and of itself, but for students of the New Testament it offers an invaluable context for understanding the words and actions of Jesus as well as the conversion and thinking of Paul.

Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period is an introduction to this literature that places it within its historical context. Riding the explosive growth of knowledge of this period, Larry Helyer guides students to the heart of the matter. What were the pressures and realities, the questions and dreams that nurtured and provoked these written expressions? And how does this literature throw light on the text of the New Testament and origins of Christianity?


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Larry R. Helyer is professor of biblical studies at Taylor University

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Preface9
Abbreviations11
Introduction17
1The Rise of the Second Commonwealth27
2Tales from the Diaspora42
3Hellenism Invades the Middle East75
4Apocalypticism: Hope for Hard Times112
5Resistance Literature148
6The Dead Sea Scrolls: The New-Covenant Community180
7The Dead Sea Scrolls: Scripture & the End Times226
8"Down in Egypt Land"276
9Philo Judaeus311
10Flavius Josephus: The House That Herod Built336
11Coping with Calamity378
12Reconstruction of Judaism415
13The World of Mishnah449
14The Partings of the Ways485
Maps & Charts503
Indexes510


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