In Quest of the Historical Pharisees

In Quest of the Historical Pharisees

By: Jacob Neusner (editor), Bruce D. Chilton (editor)Paperback

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This work sketches the many portraits of the Pharisees that emerge from ancient sources. Based upon the Gospels, the writings of Paul, Josephus, the Mishnah, the Tosefta, and archeology, the volume profiles the Pharisees and explores the relationship between the Pharisees and the Judaic religious system foreshadowed by the library of Qumran. A great virtue of this study is that no attempt is made to homogenize the distinct pictures or reconstruct a singular account of the Pharisees; instead, by carefully considering the sources, the chapters allow different pictures of the Pharisees to stand side by side.

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Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard. Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion and Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard College.


Preface PART ONE: FIRST-CENTURY ACCOUNTS 1 Josephus's Pharisees: The Narratives, Steve Mason 2 Josephus's Pharisees: The Philosophy, Steve Mason 3 Matthew's and Mark's Pharisees, Martin Pickup 4 Luke's Pharisees, Amy-Jill Levine 5 John's Pharisees, Raimo Hakola and Adele Reinhartz 6 Paul and the Pharisees, Bruce Chilton 7 Paul and Gamaliel, Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner 8 The Pharisees and the Dead Sea Scrolls, James C. VanderKam Archaeology and the Pharisees, James F. Strange PART TWO: THE PHARISEES IN RABBINIC JUDAISM 10 The Pharisees and the Sadducees in the Earliest Rabbinic Documents, Jack N. Lightstone 11 The Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees before 70 CE: An Overview, Jacob Neusner 12 The Pharisaic Agenda: Laws Attributed in the Mishnah and the Tosefta to Pre-70 Pharisees, Jacob Neusner 13 The Pre-70 Pharisees after 70 and after 140, Jacob Neusner PART THREE: THE PHARISEES IN MODERN THEOLOGY 14 The German Theological Tradition, Susannah Heschel 15 The Anglo-American Theological Tradition to 1970, Jacob Neusner 16 The Debate with E. P. Saunders since 1970, Jacob Neusner PART FOUR: CONCLUSION 17 What Do We Really Know about the Pharisees, and How Do We Know It?, William Scott Green Journal and Series Abbreviations Notes Bibliography About the Contributors

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  • publication date: 09/04/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781932792720
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 548
  • ID: 9781932792720
  • weight: 468
  • ISBN10: 1932792724

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