Synopses & Reviews
Table of Contents1. Putting Together the Past2. Returning and Rebuilding3. The Persian Impact on Judaism4. The Greeks in the East5. The Fight for Freedom6. Jewish Diversity in the Hasmonean Era7. The Second Jewish Commonwealth8. The Hellenistic Inheritance9. The Romans and the Jews10. Oppression, Resistance & Messianic Hope Epilogue: Anno DominiGlossary
Highlighting the ideas, subplots and characters that shaped the world of Jesus and the first Christians, Anthony J. Tomasino skillfully retells the story of Judaism before Jesus, from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah to the Herods, and even up to Masada.
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.
Table of Contents
Putting together the past -- Returning and rebuilding -- The Persian impact on Judaism -- The Greeks in the East -- The fight for freedom -- Jewish diversity in the Hasmonean era -- The second Jewish commonwealth -- The Hellenistic inheritance -- The Romans and the Jews -- Oppression, resistance, and messianic hopes -- Epilogue: Anno Domini -- A compendium of Jewish history.