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Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism

Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism (Hardback)

By Stone, Michael

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Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism proposes a new approach to the understanding of many Jewish groups and sects from the last centuries BCE and the first centuries CE. Michael Stone argues that the known ancient Jewish groups--the Qumran covenanters, Josephus's and Philo's Essenes,... and Philo's Therapeutae--can be viewed as societies at the heart of whose existence were esoteric knowledge and practice. Guarding and transmitting this esoteric knowledge and practice, Stone argues, provided the dynamic that motivated the social and conceptual structure of these groups. Analyzing these groups as secret societies enables us to see previously latent social structural dimensions, and provides many new enriching insights into the groups, including the Dead Sea covenanters. Drawing on sociological analyses of secret societies, Stone also compares these Jewish groups with mystery religions of the contemporary Greek and Roman world, and of early Christianity. His approach casts a powerful new light on ancient Jewish religious groups and highlights unstudied aspects of the world of Christian origins.
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ISBN 9780190842383
Released NZ 8 Mar 2018
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780190842383
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 8 Mar 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stone, Michael
Category Judaism
Non-Christian Sacred Texts
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 297
Weight 406g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jewish sects
NBS Text Non-Christian Religions
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly