The origins of judaism: an archaeological-historical reappraisal

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Abstract

Throughout much of history, the Jewish way of life has been characterized by strict adherence to the practices and prohibitions legislated by the Torah: dietary laws, ritual purity, circumcision, Sabbath regulations, holidays, and more. But precisely when did this unique way of life first emerge, and why specifically at that time? In this revolutionary new study, Yonatan Adler methodically engages ancient texts and archaeological discoveries to reveal the earliest evidence of Torah observance among ordinary Judeans. He examines the species of animal bones in ancient rubbish heaps, the prevalence of purification pools and chalk vessels in Judean settlements, the dating of figural representations in decorative and functional arts, evidence of such practices as tefillin and mezuzot, and much more to reconstruct when ancient Judean society first adopted the Torah as authoritative law. Focusing on the lived experience of the earliest Torah observers, this investigative study transforms much of what we thought we knew about the genesis and early development of Judaism.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Haven
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages369
ISBN (Electronic)0300254903, 0300268378, 9780300254907, 9780300268379
ISBN (Print)9780300254907
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameThe Anchor Yale Bible reference library
PublisherYale University Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Jewish way of life -- History -- To 1500
  • Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D., Exilic and Second Temple period
  • Jews -- History -- To 70 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- To 70 A.D
  • יהודים -- היסטוריה -- 586 לפני הספירה-70 לספירה, תקופת גלות בבל והבית השני
  • יהודים -- היסטוריה -- עד 70 לספירה
  • اليهود -- التاريخ -- نحو 70 للميلاد
  • יהדות -- היסטוריה -- התקופה שלאחר גלות בבל, 586 לפני הספירה-210 לספירה
  • Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D
  • Jews -- History -- Exilic and Second Temple period, 586 B.C.-70 A.D
  • Jews -- History -- Second Temple Period
  • Jews -- History -- Hellenistic period
  • Jews -- History -- To 70 C.E
  • Jews history to 70 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.E.-210 C.E
  • Bible -- History of inter-testamental events
  • Judaism -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
  • Hellenistic Judaism -- Judaism History Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- Pre-Talmudic period, 586 B.C.-10 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- Greco-Roman period, 332 B.C.-210 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- Inter-testamental period, 140 B.C.-30 A.D
  • Judaism, Hellenistic -- Judaism History Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
  • Judaism -- History -- To 140 B.C
  • Judaism -- History -- Ancient period

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