Judaism Before Jesus: The Ideas and Events That Shaped the New Testament World (Paperback)

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Judaism Before Jesus: The Ideas and Events That Shaped the New Testament World By Anthony J. Tomasino Cover Image


Turning the page from Malachi to Matthew, we skip a lot of history.

In fact, it is something like missing several key episodes in an ongoing television saga. The setting and main plot line are familiar, but new characters have appeared and more recent events and developments are assumed.

Did anyone record the episodes we missed?

Fortunately a few did. Their reception wasn't always good, and there are annoying cuts and splices. But Anthony J. Tomasino has put together the missing episodes and skillfully retells the story of Judaism before Jesus, from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah to the Herods, and even up to Masada.

The result is an entertaining, informative and enlightening retelling of the story of Judaism and the development of the ideas, subplots and characters that shaped the world of Jesus and the first Christians.

About the Author

Tomasino (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is ordained as a minister in the United Methodist church. He currently serves as Director of the Biblical Studies Program and associate professor of Bible, Old Testament and Hebrew studies at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. A scholar of ancient Judaism, he is also the author of Written Upon the Heart: The Ten Commandments for Christians Today.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780830827305
ISBN-10: 0830827307
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publication Date: October 17th, 2003
Pages: 345
Language: English