By Etienne Nodet
Translated through J. Edward Crowley. This radical reconstruction of the origins of Judaism begins through looking at that Josephus's resources at the early heritage of Israel don't accept as true with the Bible and that the oldest rabbinic traditions exhibit no signal of a biblical starting place. one other fascinating query is raised by means of the Samaritan declare, on the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, they had just recently bought the Sabbath from the Jews. From such information, Nodet creates a finished line of argument that finds significant resources of Judaism, as symbolized within the subtitle of his paintings: Joshua used to be the one that tested in the neighborhood in writing a statute and a legislation on the Shechem meeting, whereas the Mishnah was once the final word metamorphosis of traditions introduced from Babylon and mixed with Judaean influences.
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Opposition existed then between an assimilationist party and a separatist party, as was the case later on in the time of the Maccabees or under Herod. 32 Externally, with regard to the Samaritans here met again, the repeated conflicts referred to above in the preceding periods reappear later on in the Hellenistic period, with all the expected intensity. If the synthesis of G. Widengren is accepted,33 it must be assumed that the tension had not diminished, since the schism seemed in fact of long standing.
Hengel, Judaism and Hellenism (trans. J. ; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1974), I, p. 289. This opinion, which is close as well to the thesis of Smith, Palestinian Parties (above, n. 32), has produced sarcastic reactions from Stern, 'Review of M. Hengel's "Judentum und Hellenismus'", Kiryat Sefer 46 (1970), pp. 94-99. 44 A Search for the Origins of Judaism Tcherikover47 is especially attentive to the social conflicts: Hellenization was the programme of rich families, and the drama increased when in the name of that aristocracy Jason, the brother of Onias III, usurped the high priesthood and tried to obtain permission from Antiochus for Jerusalem to become a Greek polls, another Antioch (2 Mace.
J. Bickermann, Der Gott der Makkabder: Untersuchung uber Sinn und Ursprung der makkabdischen Erhebung (Berlin: Schocken Books, 1937; ET: The God of the Maccabees: Studies on the Meaning and Origin of the Maccabaean Revolt (SJLA, 32; Leiden: Brill, 1979). 46. M. Hengel, Judaism and Hellenism (trans. J. ; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1974), I, p. 289. This opinion, which is close as well to the thesis of Smith, Palestinian Parties (above, n. 32), has produced sarcastic reactions from Stern, 'Review of M.