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Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism

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The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism -- the first reference work ever on Judaism in the Greco-Roman age.

This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism. A striking and innovative project, it combines the best features of a survey and a reference work:

  • 13 major essays synthesizing significant aspects of Judaism in the period between Alexander the Great and the Bar Kokhba Revolt
  • 520 alphabetical entries, many with cross-references and all with select bibliographies
  • 130 illustrations, including photos, drawings, and plans
  • 24 maps
  • 270 authors from 20 countries

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism is ecumenical and international in character, bringing together the contributions of a superb group of Jewish, Christian, and other scholars. With equal attention paid to literary and nonliterary (archaeological and epigraphic) evidence, this substantial volume will prove to be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

You may also be interested in Eerdmans Companion to the Bible and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.

The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism
• Editors: John J. Collins, Daniel C. Harlow
• Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (2010)

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This dictionary fills a void in standard reference works by providing introductory articles on people, writings, and other relevant data to early Judaism. "Early Judaism" covers roughly from late fourth century BC to late second century AD.

One of the strongest aspects of this dictionary are the thirteen introductory essays before the individual articles begin. These essays cover such topics as the current state of early Judaism scholarship, Diaspora Judaism, early Jewish interpretation of the Bible, and more. These essays alone make this an important resource for any student of biblical backgrounds.

The 520 entries are of varying quality and length. The contributors are of varying backgrounds and traditions, making for an interesting mix of viewpoints throughout the dictionary. The images scattered throughout the various entries enhance the articles as well. For many articles, I would have preferred a bit more depth than is provided, but then a ...
This dictionary fills a void in standard reference works by providing introductory articles on people, writings, and other relevant data to early Judaism. "Early Judaism" covers roughly from late fourth century BC to late second century AD.

One of the strongest aspects of this dictionary are the thirteen introductory essays before the individual articles begin. These essays cover such topics as the current state of early Judaism scholarship, Diaspora Judaism, early Jewish interpretation of the Bible, and more. These essays alone make this an important resource for any student of biblical backgrounds.

The 520 entries are of varying quality and length. The contributors are of varying backgrounds and traditions, making for an interesting mix of viewpoints throughout the dictionary. The images scattered throughout the various entries enhance the articles as well. For many articles, I would have preferred a bit more depth than is provided, but then again, this is a reference work and not meant to be an in-depth study of each aspect of early Judaism.

For those who are interested in this particular subject area, this is a must-have resource. For those looking for a more general Bible dictionary or reference work, look elsewhere. Something like the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible or the IVP Reference Collection would be better suited for your needs.