By Lester L. Grabbe
Within the first of 4 volumes on A heritage of the Jews and Judaism within the moment Temple interval, Lester Grabbe provides a accomplished historical past of Judah (Aramaic Yehud) throughout the Persian interval. one of many the most important questions he addresses are: What are the assets for this era and the way will we overview them? and the way will we cause them to “speak” to us in the course of the fog of centuries? Grabbe argues that there's a chance of seeing every thing from a Judaeo-centric perspective, or utilizing the biblical texts and out-of-date secondary fabric to supply the most viewpoint in realizing background, while any student writing approximately this era might be conversant in the classical historians and the close to jap assets besides. This examine brings jointly and analyzes the unique resources, sifts and evaluates the secondary resources, develops a considerable ancient synthesis, and issues to components the place extra examine is required. Yehud: A historical past of the Persian Province of Judah bargains the hottest and entire exam of the political and administrative constructions; the society and economic climate; the faith, temple and cult; the advancements in idea and literature; and the most important political occasions.
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However, if I am referring to the Septuagint version or any other which includes the Deutero-canonical books, I shall use 'Old Testament' (or 'Septuagint' [LXX] when that is the specific reference). 'Palestine' is purely a geographical term, used because it has been widely accepted for many years and because it is difficult to find a suitable substitute. 'Yehud' (an Aramaic term) is often used to refer to the Persian province of Judah and has no other connotation. The Hebrew term 'Judah' is used of the territory or province of any period; naturally, the boundaries of this territory varied (sometimes considerably) from time to time.
Grabbe2001c). 2. Plan of the Present Book As discussed in the Preface (p. xi above), the present volume is the first in a multiple-volumed history of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple period. The time of the Persian empire was an extremely important period for the development of Second Temple history and religion (which is why this history begins with the Persians and not Alexander [cf. JRSTP: 5-6, 315-17]). Many of the important trends, movements, and institutions had their foundation in the Persian period, and this volume hopes to demonstrate and illustrate that.
Whitelam's 1996 book, The Invention of Ancient Israel, with the provocative subtitle of The Silencing of Palestinian History (reviewed by Provan 1997). Unfortunately, the debate took on a shrillness and ad hominem character that it had not seemed to possess before (cf. the remarks of Knauf 2000: 57-59; Lemche 2000). The terms 'maximalist' and 'minimalist' began to be pejorative labels, and the term 'nihilist' came to be used of certain positions. Some said the 'minimalists' were dangerous; others, that they could be safely ignored.
A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period: Yehud, the Persian Province of Judah (Library Of Second Temple Studies) by Lester L. Grabbe