Households, Sects, And the Origins of Rabbinic Judaism by Alexei M. Sivertsev

By Alexei M. Sivertsev

This publication indicates a brand new method of the social heritage of Jewish non secular activities within the moment Temple and early Rabbinic sessions. It argues that almost all of those events and their traditions emerged in the context of complicated interplay among conventional households and disciple circles.

the 1st a part of the booklet examines the advance of Jewish non secular hobbies in the course of the moment Temple interval. It culminates with the dialogue of the lifeless Sea Sect, that is analyzed because the first unambiguous instance of a circulation moving from a social constitution in response to households to a social constitution in keeping with disciple circles. the second one a part of the publication discusses the heritage of pharisaic and early rabbinic events from an analogous point of view.

issues coated within the booklet might be of curiosity to students of Judaism and Early Christianity.

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Meshorer and S. Qedar, The Coinage of Samaria in the Fourth Century BCE. ( Jerusalem: Numismatic Fine Arts International, 1991), 13–18. 59 See B. Mazar, “The Tobiads,” IEJ 7 (1957), 137–45. D. Gera, Judaea and Mediterranean Politics, 219 to 161 BCE. J. 12 as a romance full with inconsistencies and factual mistakes. The story appears to be a romantic portrayal of an influential Jewish family. 60 In addition to the name “Tobiah,” passed on from one generation to the next within the family, and the family’s headquarters in Trans-Jordan, the Tobiads both in Achaemenid and Hellenistic times maintained close relationships with Jewish elite in general and with the high priestly family in particular.

11 The focus of the entire unit is on the covenant renewal by a particular Jewish group following the reading from the book of the law by Ezra and mass repentance on the part of the group’s leaders. Family-based language is used to describe this group throughout the narrative. 13 In social terms the gathering seems to be iden- 10 Cf. L. Perdue, “The Household, Old Testament Theology, and Contemporary Hermeneutics,” in idem, Families in Ancient Israel, 239–43. ” Perdue mostly uses pre-exilic biblical materials to substantiate his point.

15 For our purposes it is important to observe that the celebration had a clearly identified family setting along with that in the temple. Once again, an individual family and its observance of the law as interpreted by Ezra and “the heads of all the families” became a crucial part of the covenant envisioned by Nehemiah 8–10. The family 14 The role of patriarchal families in the community of Ezra and Nehemiah resembles that in the roughly contemporaneous phratry and deme of Greek cities. There too natural families played a central role in the formation of pseudo-kinship groups within the polis.

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