“From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition” by Shayne J. D. Cohen

Reblogging for that part about the Zadokites.

The Biblical Review

MISHNAHShaye J. D. Cohen. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, 3rd Edition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, 318 pp., $35.00  (paperback).

*I would like to express my gratitude to Westminster John Knox Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Additionally, because the first edition was published in 1987, I will primarily focus on the newest additions, rather than repeat any old critiques.

Shaye Cohen’s third edition of his work about Jewish life from the Maccabees to the Mishnah is most valuable as an overview. Oddly enough, he offers the most poignant critiques in his third edition preface, writing that sometimes he “speaks about “jews”… where [he] would now be more careful and write “Judeans” ” (xi). He goes so far as to say that if he were to rewrite the book, “there would be no end” (xi).

It is divided…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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