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Invention of JudaismTorah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul$
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John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001

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Torah in the Persian Period

Torah in the Persian Period

(p.44) Chapter 2 Torah in the Persian Period
Invention of Judaism

John J. Collins

University of California Press

The Torah played little part in the restoration after the Exile or in the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. It is absent from the Elephantine papyri, except for the so-called Passover Papyrus, which attempts to introduce the Priestly dates for the festival. It gained authority in Judah under Ezra, who used it selectively to enforce a separatist ideology.

Keywords:   Haggai, Zechariah, Elephantine, Passover Papyrus, Ezra, intermarriage

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