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

6 SOME TYPES OF life must be based on the same principles of research as that of the Assyrian, Indian, Greek, or Roman religions. Only an instructed and impartial collection of the available rabbinic data and their scientific analysis; a trained and objective examination and sifting of the individual state-ments, their authenticity, their dates, and their historical value for a reconstruction of actual concepts and practice; and only an unpreconceived appreciation of the underlying sentiments and beliefs will prepare the ground for a true account of the actual religious notions and conditions. The reverse method, especially if it is not checked in its free construction by a pertinent knowledge of the sources of information, must produce a caricature, a freak. The present essay undertakes the modest task of collect-ing and re- examining the reports preserved in the rabbinic literature about the pious men, חסידים , who lived in Jerusalem in the period extending from 70 b. c. e. to 70 c. e.; of supple-menting by a detailed examination of all the early records about the ways in which the pious men expressed their religious sentiments and ideas, the generalizing presentations by scholars of the rank of Jost, Grätz, Derenbourg, Geiger, Wellhausen, and Kohler, of the religious life of all the sections of Palestinian Jewry in the first century; of describing one representative class of typically pious indi-viduals, and incidentally throwing some new light on the inner life of the Jews of Jerusalem, which hitherto has not been considered worthy of special attention. The standard of the ethical teachings of those pious men, a few of the central points of their theology, the purity and the depth of their religious sentiments, and the fundamental principles of their actions as reflected in early and authentic reports, will incidentally be tested, and allow an insight into a small, but important section of Jewish ethics and theology in the first century.  C  h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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