This volume offers a systematic approach to the Persian, Ptolemaic, Seleucid, and Hasmonean period, correlating social contexts with the biblical and post-biblical literature that each period generated. The list of contributors includes many of the pioneers of the field of Second Temple sociology, including Kenneth Hoglund, John Wright, Lester Grabbe, Richard Horsley, James Pasto, Robert Doran, and the editors. The volume, which also includes an introductory essay on the methods and outcomes of this kind of exercise, furnishes an excellent introduction to the agenda of interpreting biblical texts as social products.
Praise for the Print Edition
Overall, it is a very useful collection and we can look forward to the publication of Second Temple Studies IV, which editor Davies Promises.
—Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, December 2003
- Title: Second Temple Studies, volume 3: Studies in Politics, Class and Material Culture
- Authors: Philip R. Davies and John M. Halligan
- Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 340
About the Authors
Philip R. Davies is Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, UK.
John Halligan was co-chair of the SBL Sociological of the Second Temple Period Consultation and the Sociology of the Literature of the Second Temple Group. Until his retirement he was Professor of Biblical Studies at St John Fisher College, Rochester, New York.