Pharisees

Halakhah was important no matter how it was understood.

Lawrence Schiffman
July 24 2018 12:01AM

And remarkable improvements in Jewish-Catholic relations.

Lawrence Schiffman
Jan. 11 2018 12:01AM

How the Hasmoneans changed halakhah.

Shlomo Brody
Dec. 29 2016 12:01AM

Talmudic rabbis never forgave the combining of priesthood with the monarchy.

Richard Hidary
Dec. 28 2016 12:01AM

A point of controversy.

Lawrence Schiffman
June 27 2016 12:01AM

A political movement.

Michael Satlow
May 5 2016 12:01AM

Little is known about the sect, but they certainly weren’t all hypocrites.

Joshua Garroway
Sept. 8 2015 12:01AM

Probably, but the rabbis didn’t want anyone to know.

Joshua Ezra Burns
June 10 2015 12:01AM

In the 2nd century BCE, after centuries of living in a province of one or another empire, Jews won themselves a powerful independent kingdom. In. . .

Philip Jenkins
Nov. 18 2014 12:01AM

Two major sects came to prominence after the Maccabean revolt in the 2nd century BCE. What did they believe, and what divided them?

Lawrence Schiffman
July 8 2014 12:01AM

Twenty years ago, a scholarly consensus identified the Dead Sea Scrolls with the ascetic Essene community at Qumran. Now the picture is more complicated.

Olivia Yeo
Dec. 18 2013 12:00AM

A recent book claims otherwise, but we possess far too little evidence to make confident claims about what ancient Jews accepted as Scripture before the rabbinic period.

Edmon L. Gallagher
Nov. 19 2013 12:00AM

Contrary to Reza Aslan’s claims, Jesus was not an intolerant ethnocentric nationalist—and neither were the majority of Jews at the time.

Allan Nadler
Aug. 13 2013 12:00AM

A new collection of essays argues that the early rabbis succeeded by offering ordinary Jews the opportunity to be spiritual without renouncing a worldly way of life.

Ron Naiweld
July 3 2013 12:00AM