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Paul and Palestinian Judaism

Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion, 40th Anniversary Edition with a Foreword by Mark Chancey

Author: 
E. P. Sanders (Author)
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Description

This landmark work, which has shaped a generation of scholarship, compares the apostle Paul with contemporary Judaism, both understood on their own terms. E. P. Sanders proposes a methodology for comparing similar but distinct religious patterns, demolishes a flawed view of rabbinic Judaism still prevalent in much New Testament scholarship, and argues for a distinct understanding of the apostle and of the consequences of his conversion. A new foreword by Mark A. Chancey outlines Sanders’s achievement, reviews the principal criticisms raised against it, and describes the legacy he leaves future interpreters.

ISBN: 
9781506438146
Price: 
$39.00
ISBN: 
9781506438450
Price: 
$39.00
Release date: 
October 15, 2017
Pages: 
672
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Contents

Foreword by Mark A. Chancey

Preface to the Fortieth-Anniversary Edition

Preface to the 1977 Edition

Introduction

Part One: Palestinian Judaism

1. Tannaitic Literature

2. The Dead Sea Scrolls

3. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

4. Palestinian Judaism 200 BCE–200 CE: Conclusion

Part Two: Paul

5. Paul

Conclusion

Bibliography and System of References

Indexes

Endorsements

Paul and Palestinian Judaism revolutionized New Testament Studies.

Paul and Palestinian Judaism revolutionized New Testament Studies. This great book began the serious academic retrieval of Second Temple Judaism as the defining context, in positive ways, of Paul’s life and work. Brilliantly analyzing a broad range of early Jewish texts, Sanders likewise exposed the deep and abiding anti-Judaism afflicting – and disfiguring – centuries of Christian scholarship. Both intellectually and morally, his writing sounded a summons that has reshaped an entire field of study. If, in the forty years since its first publication, things have begun to change, it is thanks to Sanders, and to the enduring achievement of Paul and Palestinian Judaism.

Paula Fredriksen | The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

E.P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism is a modern classic.

E.P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism is a modern classic. It changed the way we look at Paul and the way we look at ancient Judaism. Forty years later, it is still worth reading and worth arguing about.

Shaye J.D. Cohen | Harvard University