Judaism: Practice and Belief 63BCE - 66CE Paperback – 31 Dec 1992
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Among his views; that too many scholars have wrongly pitted the Phairisees against the aristocratic elite (p 339). He feels the Essenes were "not major players in politics and society" (p 341). He argues in favor of Jewish belief in covenantal nomism and that "suffering and death atone" (p 417) for sin. He also believes that a large majority of Jews at the time believed in some form of an afterlife, or, perhaps, renewed existence. The Sadducees were alone in opposing this view.
Don't miss: his discussion of pietist literature, including the Psalms of Solomon and the Testament of Moses. And anyone interested in the trial of Jesus will want to read his discussion of synedrions and how they judged.
For anyone who is not familiar with ancient Judaic history and practices, this is as good as any place, and better, to jump in and start studying. His illumination of these beliefs and practices are very helpful for the Christian trying to get a better feel for what is happening in detail in the Bible.
I will never read the Bible in quite the same way, now that I understand many things Sanders explained.