The Forgotten Legacy of Second Temple Judaism

December 29, 2022 | Malka Simkovich
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From 516 BCE until 70 CE, the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem was the center of worship for Jews in both the Land of Israel and the Diaspora. The beginning of this era saw the composition of the Hebrew Bible’s latest books; its end saw such early talmudic rabbis as Hillel and Rabban Gamliel, as well as the beginning of Christianity. The interim period, however, is little remembered or understood outside of academic circles. In conversation with Matt Lynch, Malka Simkovich explains what both Jews and Christians get wrong about this pivotal period of Jewish history, how the rabbis built on its intellectual and interpretive legacy, and the dangers of paying excessive attention to the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Audio, 56 minutes.)

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