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Original and interesting study of the meaning of piety amoung observant Jews of the late Second Temple period.

5 SOME TYPES OF JEWISH- PALESTINIAN PIETY FROM 70 b. c. e. TO 70 c. e. THE ANCIENT PIOUS MEN, חסידים הראשונים In his comprehensive book on the religion of Jewry in the New Testament period, 1 Professor Bousset undertook the difficult task of a historical reconstruction of the religious life and thought that prevailed among the Palestinian Jews in the first century. That he grievously failed, was due not only to his insufficient knowledge of the rabbinic litera-ture, the chief source of information on his subject, and even of its language. But not less to his unparalleled boldness in both the outlining and the painting of the enormous and complicated picture the essential parts of which had not even summarily been defined and elaborated by experts and specialists. In addition, he failed to consult the few, but valuable essays published by Jewish scholars in various periodicals, who, as e. g. Geiger, had investigated some of the important religious ideas and practices of the time in question. They would have supplied Professor Bousset with some correctly translated early rabbinic accounts un-known to him as dealing with some religious beliefs and their realization in life. As the wilful disregard of such and similar early rabbinic material naturally involved the absence from his book, as also from the works of other scholars about the first century, of many an essential feature of Jewish- Palestinian life, it must be stated here most emphatically that a history of any phase of Jewish religious 1 Die Religion des Judentums im neutestamentlichen Zeitalter, 2nd edition, 1906.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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