Shelf Life Book Review: The “Other” in Second Temple Judaism

Matthew Whitehead

The “Other” in Second Temple Judaism
Eerdmans, 2011


This book is a collection of 28 essays unified around the theme of the “Other” in Second Temple Judaism. This accessible book provides a background for the period of time in which Jesus was born. Each essay examines how Jews forged their sense of identity by contrasting their way of life and worship with other peoples and religions from 515 BC–73 AD.

This collection honors biblical scholar John J. Collins. His former students and colleagues interact with his research, which focuses on five areas: the Hebrew Bible and its reception, Wisdom literature, apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hellenistic Judaism.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 3