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Holy War in JudaismThe Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea$
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Reuven Firestone

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.001.0001

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Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure

Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure

(p.67) Chapter 4 Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure
Holy War in Judaism

Reuven Firestone

Oxford University Press

In the wake of the Destruction rose a new class of Jewish leadership in the rabbis. This chapter discusses the emergence and dominance of Rabbinic Judaism and its sacred literature after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 ce. The trauma of destruction encouraged the new leadership to develop a different approach toward dealing with conflicts between Jews and Gentiles.

Keywords:   Mishnah, Gemara, Babylonian Talmud, Palestinian Talmud, Midrash, Song of Songs, Gentiles, Rabbinic Judaism, Hellenistic Judaism

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