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Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul

John J. Collins


Judaism is often understood as the way of life defined by the Torah of Moses, but it was not always so. This book identifies key moments in the rise of the Torah, beginning with the formation of Deuteronomy, advancing through the reform of Ezra, the impact of the suppression of the Torah by Antiochus Epiphanes and the consequent Maccabean revolt, and the rise of Jewish sectarianism. It also discusses variant forms of Judaism, some of which are not Torah-centered and others which construe the Torah through the lenses of Hellenistic culture or through higher, apocalyptic, revelation. It conclude ... More

Keywords: Judaism, Torah, ethnicity, identity, Second Temple, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Collins, author
Yale Divinity School