Judaism and Christian Beginnings


by Samuel Sandmel

In this book, Samuel Sandmel traces the history, institutions and ideas of Judaism from 200 BCE to 175 CE Drawing on sources ranging from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Rabbinic literature, the histories of Josephus, and the Qumran scrolls to the Epistles of Paul, the Gospels and, the Acts of the Apostles, he documents the growth of Synagogue Judaism and its influence on the early Christian Church.

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“Nearly twenty years after its publication, Sandmel’s volume remains one of the clearest treatments of early Judaism and Christianity available. It is required reading for our graduate students at an early stage of their programs. I highly recommend it.” —Bart D. Ehrman, University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill

“A definitive textbook for presenting the emergence of Christianity from synagogue Judaism. Sandmel surveys the sources, institutions, and ideas of the richly complex world of first-century Judaism in clear, readable style.” —Origins

“A fascinating study.” —Christianity Today