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First-Century Judaism in Crisis: Yoḥanan ben Zakkai and the Renaissance of Torah

First-Century Judaism in Crisis: Yoḥanan ben Zakkai and the Renaissance of Torah

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2006

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A crisis was taking place in Palestine—a conflict between the Romans’ need for expanding their empire, trade, and strategic locale, and the Jews’ need to serve God with their laws and land. Beginning with the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70, Jacob Neusner presents a picture of Pharisee Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, leader of Jewish reconstruction and founder of contemporary Judaism as we know it today. This volume describes how the Torah affected Yohanan’s education, war activities, social problems, and theological issues.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).