By Etienne Nodet
Translated by means of J. Edward Crowley. This radical reconstruction of the origins of Judaism begins by means of gazing that Josephus's resources at the early heritage of Israel don't trust the Bible and that the oldest rabbinic traditions exhibit no signal of a biblical beginning. one other fascinating query is raised via the Samaritan declare, on the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, they'd just recently acquired the Sabbath from the Jews. From such information, Nodet creates a complete line of argument that unearths significant assets of Judaism, as symbolized within the subtitle of his paintings: Joshua was once the one that proven in the community in writing a statute and a legislations 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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There remains as well that rumour according to which a great Hasmonaean king, either Hyrcanus or Janneus, moved over from the Pharisaic party (or the 'Wise') to the Sadducean party (arrogant advocates of the non-written Law), in circumstances that are obscure: the dynasty has changed parties and has become evil. Through all these developments, there can be discerned in the background one fact and one opinion of Josephus. 57 The opinion is reflected in a commentary with a Pharisaic 57. This fact remains obscure, but archaeology can provide some clarification: according to an oral communication of Gerald Finkielsztejn, Rhodian jar-handle stamps are no longer found in Jerusalem (while they are found elsewhere in Judaea), from about the 145-140 BCE level (hence, under Jonathan or at the beginning of Simon); this allows us to conclude that the importing of oil, or more probably wine, had stopped.
The opinion of Peter Ackroyd in Davies and Finkelstein, History of Judaism, I, pp. 145-46. 23. See de Vaux, 'Israel', col. 764. 24. The phrase for permission to leave, in Neh. 6 D^ f pX is usually rendered 30 A Search for the Origins of Judaism the reconstruction and repopulation of Jerusalem, despite the repeated obstructions from neighbouring peoples, represented especially by Sanballat the Horonite, Geshem the Arab and Tobiah the Ammonite. A passage on internal social difficulties that Nehemiah had to smooth over is slipped in too (Neh.
De Vaux, "Israel", who places the incident between Ezra and Nehemiah, and who should then suppose that the returnees with Ezra had begun to restore the walls, which is not mentioned at all. A. Lemaire, Histoire du peuple hebreu (Coll. ', n. 1898; Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1981), p. 72, puts Ezra after Nehemiah, as most authors do, but maintains that after Artaxerxes I stopped the work, Nehemiah succeeded in having himself appointed governor 'to straighten out the situation'. 27. Cf.
A Search for the Origins of Judaism: From Joshua to the Mishnah by Etienne Nodet