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A Search for the Origins of Judaism: From Joshua to the Mishnah
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A Search for the Origins of Judaism: From Joshua to the Mishnah


Sheffield Academic Press 1997

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This volume contains Etienne Nodet’s fascinating theory of Jewish origins. This radical reconstruction of the origins of Judaism starts by observing that Josephus's sources on the early history of Israel do not agree with the Bible and that the oldest rabbinic traditions show no sign of a biblical foundation. Another interesting question is raised by the Samaritan claim, at the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, that they had only recently received the Sabbath from the Jews. From such details, Nodet creates a comprehensive line of argument which reveals two major sources of Judaism, as symbolized in the subtitle of his work: Joshua was the one who established in writing a statute and a law at the Shechem assembly, while the Mishnah was the ultimate metamorphosis of traditions brought from Babylon and combined with Judaean influences.

Key Features

  • Examination of Jewish history and historiography
  • Biblical chronologies via multiple sources
  • All Scripture references are linked to Hebrew texts and English Bible translations in your library

Product Details

  • Title: A Search for the Origins of Judaism: From Joshua to the Mishnah
  • Author: Etienne Nodet
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 424

About Etienne Nodet

Etienne Nodet is Professor of Ancient Jewish Literature at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique in Jerusalem.

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