The Paternoster Press, 1976. Pbk. ISBN: 0 85364 1900. pp.136.
[Reproduced by kind permission of the publisher.]
The period between the Fall of Jerusalem and the birth of Christ is of great interest and importance for the story of Israel and the development of Judaism. During these centuries the kingdoms of Judah and Israel were transformed into a community based upon obedience to the Law of Moses. The Sadducees, Pharisees and Essenes (associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls) came into existence. Persia, Greece and finally Rome domonated the Chosen People. The Maccabean priest-kings aroused nationalistic hopes, only to be displaced by the family of Herod.
Yet most Christians know little about this period and their insight into the New Testament suffers as a result. Not only students, but all who wish to understand the Bible, will be helped by this book.
[From the back cover.]
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