Judaism in the Roman World

Collected Essays


Judaism in the Roman World deals with the religious lives of Jews in the Roman world from late Second Temple times to the Later Roman Empire.
The studies collected here analyse a series of issues important in the development of Judaism in this period: the role of the Temple and pilgrimage in the first century CE; the attitude of Jews to the physical texts of the Torah and to the scribes who produced them; the extent of variety and change within Judaism before and after 70 CE and the nature of the evidence for particular types of Judaism; the role of synagogues and images in Jewish worship; and relations between Jews and Christians in the early centuries.
This book should be particularly useful to students of ancient Judaism and those interested in Christian origins.

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Martin Goodman, D.Phil (Oxford 1980) in Ancient History, is Professor of Jewish Studies in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wolfson College. He is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has published extensively on Jewish history and was editor of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (OUP).
"Let it be said right away: if you want to avoid changing your lecture notes, do not read this book! Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford University, is an acclaimed scholar in both Roman and Jewish studies, and with good reason.... Though I, like probably many others, only reluctantly change my lecture notes, I find myself greatly enriched by having read this volume....for anyone occupied with the late Second Temple period, Goodman’s volume is a must read." – Morten Hørning Jensen, in: Bulletin for Biblical Research 19/4 (2010)
"Judaism in the Roman World brings together a series of relatively short papers, all with important conclusions..." – René Bloch, University of Bern, in: The Studia Philonica Annual 22 (2010)
All those interested in ancient Judaism and in early Christianity.
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