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Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, originally published in German between 1874 and 1909 and in English between 1885 and 1891, is a critical presentation of Jewish history, institutions, and literature from 175 B.C. to A.D. 135. It has rendered invaluable services to scholars for nearly a century.
The present work offers a fresh translation and a revision of the entire subject-matter. The bibliographies have been rejuvenated and supplemented; the sources are presented according to the latest scholarly editions; and all the new archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic and literary evidence, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba documents, has been introduced into the survey. Account has also been taken of the progress in historical research, both in the classical and Jewish fields. This work reminds students of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century learning, setting it within a wider framework of contemporary knowledge, and provides a foundation on which future historians of Judaism in the age of Jesus may build.
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The Vermes-Millar version of Schurer's justly famous The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ is a truly monumental achievement. -- Professor Edward Ullendorff, School of Oriental and Africa Studies, University of London, UK It is the opinion of this reviewer that the new Schurer will be an indispensable resource for future historical work on this period... -- Howard Kee * Religious Studies Review * The editors have rendered a magnificent service to scholarship by this excellent translation and updating of Schurer's classic. -- John Collins * The Catholic Biblical Quarterly * With the completion of this project, the world of scholarship will possess an indispensable tool for the study of this period, which is the heyday of Judaism. -- Magen Broshi * The Jerusalem Post * The appearance of the new Schurer is of such significance that it is not exceeded in importance by any recent publication and approached by very few. Schurer is the handbook par excellence for scholars, who are now in greatest debt to the editors for a labour of devotion and an achievement of sheer excellence. -- Samuel Sandmel * The Classical World *About the Author:
Emil Schurer (1844 1910) was a German Protestant theologian. He lectured at Leipzig, Giessen, Kiel, and Göttingen and founded and edited the journal Theologische Literaturzeitung. He devoted most of his scholarly life to the creation of his magisterial work on the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ.
Geza Vermes, F.B.A., was Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and Director of the Forum of Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UK.
Fergus Millar, F.B.A., is Emeritus Camden Professor of Ancient History in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.
Matthew Black, F.B.A., was Emeritus Professor of Biblical Criticism, and former Principal of St. Mary's College at the University of St. Andrews, UK.
Martin D. Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies and Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, UK.
Pamela Vermes was former Literary Editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies, Oxford, UK.
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