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Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students

, 2002
ISBN: 9780830868988


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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 and places it within its historical context. Riding the explosive growth of knowledge of this period, Larry R. 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?

If you like this resource be sure to check out IVP New Testament Studies Collection (14 vols.).

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  • Introduces Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period
  • Uncovers historical context of Jewish literature
  • Considers how Second Temple Period Jewish literature impacts the New Testament and Christianity
The literature of Second Temple Judaism is so vast that few college or seminary students ever receive a decent introduction to it at all. Here, in one volume, are references to judicious samplings from every major corpus, complete with introduction and background, and detailed explanation of relevance for New Testament studies. A wonderful gift for students and professors alike. Perhaps many will now actually teach, and teach substantially, on the topic

Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

There are many useful books on Second Temple Jewish literature, for which reason I nearly passed this book by. But once I began actually examining it, I recognized the thoroughness of Larry Helyer’s acquaintance with the sources and how carefully he has prepared this book with New Testament students in mind. I believe it will provide an excellent resource for those who want access to the most important materials for New Testament study.

Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

  • Title: Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students
  • Author: Larry R. Helyer
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Apocrypha › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Apocryphal books › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Greek literature › Jewish authors--History and criticism; Judaism › History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D; Bible. N.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Dead Sea Scrolls; Judaism and literature › Greece
  • ISBNs: 9780830868988, 9780830826780
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T03:10:26Z

Larry Helyer is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, and currently resides in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He is the author of Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period (2002), Revelation for Dummies (2008), The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John (2008), The Life and Witness of Peter (2012), and The Good News of Revelation (2014). He and his wife Joyce regularly host Bible Lands tours.


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