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The Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees before 70, Parts I–III

The Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees before 70, Parts I–III

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2005

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Several generations of scholars have produced histories of Second Temple Judaism, but none have systematically analyzed the Pharisaic-rabbinic traditions those histories cite. Consequently, scholars often refer to rabbinic traditions about the Pharisees as though everyone knows how the Jews of this period passed on these traditions—and to what extent they are historically reliable.

Prolific scholar Jacob Neusner produces an accurate history of the Pharisaic masters and houses in the Second-Temple period in Palestine. In the first part of this three-volume set, Neusner focuses on the Pharisaic masters. In Part II, he describes the Pharisaic houses, and in Part III, he provides a summary of his ideas.

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.).