This book suggests a new approach to the social history of Jewish religious movements in the Second Temple and early Rabbinic periods. It argues that most of these movements and their traditions emerged within the context of complex interaction between traditional families and disciple circles.
The first part of the book examines the development of Jewish religious movements during the Second Temple period. It culminates with the discussion of the Dead Sea Sect, which is analyzed as the first unambiguous example of a movement shifting from a social structure based on families to a social structure based on disciple circles. The second part of the book discusses the history of pharisaic and early rabbinic movements from a similar perspective.
Topics covered in the book will be of interest to scholars of Judaism and Early Christianity.
Alexei M. Sivertsev, Ph.D. (2001) in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He has published a series of articles on Judaism in Anitquity. His first monograph
Private Households and Public Politics in 3rd-5th Century Jewish Palestine was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2002.
Sivertsev has produced an important work that should be read and discussed by large numbers of scholars. We can all learn from Sivertsev’s arguments and suggestions.' Gary Porton,
Review of Biblical Literature, 2006
All those interested in biblical studies and the history of Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity.