By Shaye JD Cohen
This quantity collects thirty essays via Shaye J.D. Cohen. First released among 1980 and 2006, those essays take care of a wide selection of issues and texts: Jewish Hellenism; Josephus; the Synagogue; Conversion to Judaism; Blood and Impurity; the boundary among Judaism and Christianity. What unites them is their philological orientation. a lot of those essays are shut reports of vague passages in Jewish and Christian texts.
The essays are united too through their universal assumption that the traditional global used to be a unmarried cultural continuum; that old Judaism, in all its expressions and types, was once a Hellenism; and that texts written in Hebrew proportion a global of discourse with these written in Greek. lots of those essays are recognized and feature been a lot mentioned in modern scholarship. between those are: "The importance of Yavneh" (the identify essay), "Patriarchs and Scholarchs," "Masada: Literary culture, Archaeological is still, and the Credibility of Josephus," "Epigraphical Rabbis," "The Conversion of Antoninus," "Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity," and "A short historical past of Jewish Circumcision Blood."
Survey of contents:
Jewish Hellenism the great thing about plant life and the great thing about Sarai - Sosates the Jewish Homer - The Destruction: From Scripture to Midrash - the importance of Yavneh - Patriarchs and Scholarchs - fake Prophets (4Q339), Netinim (4Q340), and Hellenism at Qumran
Josephus Josephus, Jeremiah, and Polybius - background and Historiography within the opposed to Apion of Josephus - Masada: Literary culture, Archaeological is still, and the Credibility of Josephus - Parallel old culture in Josephus and Rabbinic Literature - Alexander the nice and Jaddus the excessive Priest in accordance with Josephus - recognize for Judaism by means of Gentiles within the Writings of Josephus - Ioudaios to genos and comparable Expressions in Josephus
Synagogues and Rabbis Epigraphical Rabbis - Pagan and Christian facts at the historical Synagogue - have been Pharisees and Rabbis the Leaders of Communal Prayer and Torah learn in Antiquity? The facts of the recent testomony, Josephus, and the Early Church Fathers - where of the Rabbi within the Jewish Society of the second one Century
Conversion and Intermarriage used to be Judaism in Antiquity a Missionary faith? - Adolf Harnack's The undertaking and growth of Judaism: Christianity Succeeds the place Judaism Fails - Is `Proselyte Baptism' pointed out within the Mishnah? the translation of M. Pesahim 8:8 - The Conversion of Antoninus - On Murdering or Injuring a Proselyte - Solomon and the Daughter of Pharaoh: Intermarriage, Conversion, and the Impurity of ladies
Women and Blood Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity - Purity, Piety, and Polemic: Medieval Rabbinic Denunciations of `Incorrect' Purification Practices - a quick heritage of Jewish Circumcision Blood
Judaism and Christianity Judaism with no Circumcision and `Judaism' with out `Circumcision' in Ignatius - among Judaism and Christianity: the Semi-Circumcision of Christians based on Bernard Gui, his resources, and R. Eliezer of Metz - Does Rashi's Torah remark reply to Christianity? A comparability of Rashi with Rashbam and Bekhor Shor - A Virgin Defiled: a few Rabbinic and Christian perspectives at the Origins of Heresy