On the Origins of Judaism examines the formation of one of the oldest monotheistic religions. The book covers a diverse range of themes: the identity of those who produced and canonized the Hebrew Bible and subsequently shaped its interpretation; the significance and impact of Second Isaiah and the books of Ezra and Nehemiah; the roots of Jewish apocalyptic literature, and the possible origins of the Exodus story; the ethical systems of the Hebrew Bible and the Athenian tragedians; and the place of food and drink in the Qumran community. On the Origins of Judaism is the most comprehensive exploration of the roots of the Jewish faith and will be invaluable to students and scholars of biblical and religious studies.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Early Judaism(s) 3. Scripture and Early Judaism(s) 4. Law and Early Judaism(s) 5. Deuteronomy and the Origin of Judaism6. The God of Cyrus and the God of Israel 7. Jewish Apocalyptic 8. Enoch and Genesis 9. Eating and Drinking in the Qumran Texts 10. Eating and Drinking in the Roman Empire
Philip R. Davies is Research Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, and the author of several books on topics ranging from ancient Israel, the Hebrew canon and the Dead Sea Scrolls.