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.

INTRODUCTION by SHMUEL SAFRAI Gedalyahu Alon was born in 1901 in the town of Kobryn, Bielo-russia; he died suddenly in Jerusalem in the year 1950, without having reached the age of fifty. In his youth he had attended the Slobodka Yeshivah in Lithuania, and had become known as a brilliant student. He immigrated to Eretz Israel, and was a member of the first graduating class of The Hebrew University ( 1931) taking his degree in Talmud and Classics. Later on, and until the day of his death, he taught Talmud and Jewish History at The Hebrew University. During his lifetime he published a considerable number of scholarly articles in the various learned periodicals and similar publications that appeared in Eretz Israel in his time. After his death, his lectures on Jewish history were collected, edited, and published in two volumes under the ( Hebrew) title  History of the Jews in the Land of Israel During the Period of the Mishnah and the Talmud ( 1953- 55). A few years later his published articles were gathered up between covers, in two more volumes entitled  Studies in the Jewish History of the Second Commonwealth and the Mishnaic- Talmudic Period ( 1957- 58). In his teaching, as well as in his research, Alons distinguishing characteristic was an extraordinary combination: mastery of Torah, that is, the whole compass of Jewish learning in the best tradition of the yeshivot, coupled with a profound scholarship in all branches of classical literature and history. He was at home in the Greek and Latin sources, from the epics of Homer to the codes of Justinian. He knew Roman law, and was at the same time familiar with the literature of Christian origins, from the New Testament to the last of the Church Fathers. Of course, he was equally in control of the whole gamut of Hellenistic Jewish literature. Not only was he thoroughly familiar with all this material; he was also able to take passages relevant to his researches and analyze them, both linguistically and historically, so as to illuminate the picture he was trying to reconstruct. This is true of his various research articles and studies; it is true as well of his history of the Jewish

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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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