JEWS, JUDAISM AND THE CLASSICAL WORLD...

English edition of the work for which G. Alon received prestigious Israel Prize. Anyone interested in the origin of the modern Jewish law and the history of the Second Temple must read this book.

relations between the Jewries of the dispersion and the Jewish people in its homeland, as well as between the various Jewish sects and parties. These relationships in their turn shed a great deal of light on the early years of Christianity and on the way in which some Jewish traditions passed over to the daughter religion and became Christian traditions. Alons studies were published in collected form some twenty to twenty- five years ago, so that it is only now that we can begin to measure his decisive influence on instruction and research at univer­sities in Israel and elsewhere, in the many aspects of Jewish history and culture during the several centuries preceding the Christian era and during the first five or six centuries that stand at the beginning of that era. His researches opened up new areas of study, indeed wrote whole new chapters in the history of the Jews during those hundreds of years; but what is perhaps even more important, they set the tone for subsequent teaching and historical research. During the past few decades, anybody who has read any literature in English investigating the Jewish history of those centuries has been influenced by Gedalyahu Alon, whether the reader recognized the fact or not; whether Alon was specifically quoted by the author or not; whether Alons influence on the methods and the conclusions was direct or indirect. Now at last, the reader of English can turn the pages of the present volume and confront a selection of the authors studies in their full stature. It is to be hoped that in so doing he will discover for himself the unique approach, the penetrating grasp and the broad perspective that were so characteristic of Alon. Everyone interested in the field will surely be grateful to the late Prof. Israel Abrahams, who translated most of the essays but was unfortunately not spared to complete the task; and to Rabbi A. Oshery, who finished the translation. Thanks are also due to Mr. J. Schwartz who prepared the index, and to The Hebrew University Press and its directors, Mr. Hayyim Toren and Mr. Ben- Zion Yehoshua, as well as to Mrs. Janet Shvili and the Central Press printers, all of whom have spared no pains in the production of this book. SHMUEL SAFRAI The Hebrew University, Jerusalem The Faculty of Jewish History Menahem Av 9 5736

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Front Matter Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright PageINTRODUCTIONTable of Contents Contents DID THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ITS SAGES CAUSE THE HASMONEANS TO BE FORGOTTEN?THE ATTITUDE OF THE PHARISEES TO ROMAN RULE AND THE HOUSE OF HERODPAR'IRTIN - On the History of the High Priesthood at the End of the Second Temple PeriodA. The Abolition of the Order of Succession and the Right of the High Priest to Hold Office for Life ?. The Change of High Priest Every Twelve Months C. The Buying of the High Priesthood for MoneyD. The Appointment of Common (Hedyotot) PriestsAppendix I (to p. 51)Appendix II (to p. 55)Appendix III (to p. 59)Appendix IV (to p. 61)Appendix V (to p. 69)Supplementary Notes on 'Par'irtin'ON PHILO'S HALAKHAON THE HALAKHOT OF THE EARLY SAGESTHE LEVITICAL UNCLEANNESS OF GENTILESTHE BOUNDS OF THE LAWS OF LEVITICAL CLEANNESSI. The Precept of Cleanness in Respect of Holy ObjectsII. The Eating of Unconsecrated Food in PurityIII. The Precept of Purity and the Prohibition of UncleanncessBY THE (EXPRESSED) NAMEAppendixTHE BURNING OF THE TEMPLERABBAN JOHANAN ?. ZAKKAI'S REMOVAL TO JABNEHAppendix(1) Avot de-R. Nathan, Version I(2) Avot de-R. Nathan, Version II(3) Lamentations Rabbati(4) Gittin 56a-bTHE PATRIARCHATE OF RABBAN JOHANAN BEN ZAKKAII. The PriestsII. Sages of the Torah (Political Opponents)III. The Sons of BathyraIV. Rabban Gamaliel (of Jabneh)GA'ON, GE'IMTHE ORIGIN OF THE SAMARITANS IN THE HALAKHIC TRADITIONAppendix I (to note 15)Appendix II (to note 24)Appendix III (to note 48)THOSE APPOINTED FOR MONEYAppendixTHE SONS OF THE SAGESAppendixTHE 'STRATEGOI' IN THE PALESTINIAN CITIES DURING THE ROMAN EPOCH(A) SYRIA (Mesopotamia)(B) BASHAN, HAURON, TRACHONITIS(C) GERASA(D) GAZABackmatter INDICESI. SOURCESA. BibleB. TargumimC. Apocrypha and PseudepigraphaD. MishnaE. ToseftaF. Palestinian TalmudG. Babylonian TalmudH. .MidrdshimI. Works of Josephus and PhiloJ. New TestamentK. Miscellaneous WorksII. PERSONSIII. PLACESIV. TOPICSBack Flap Back Cover
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