Sacha Stern, D.Phil (1992) in Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, is Professor of Rabbinic Judaism at University College London. He is the author of Calendar and Community (Oxford, 2001) and Time and Process in Ancient Judaism (Oxford, 2003).
All those interested in Jewish history, with particular attention to Second Temple Judaism, Qumran, and Qaraites, as well as those interested in social history and sociology of religion.
Table of contents
PART ONE: ANCIENT
Prologue: How Do We Know When We Are On To Something?
Albert I. Baumgarten
Religious Variety and the Temple in the Late Second Temple Period and its Aftermath
The ‘Sectarian’ Calendar of Qumran
Defining Sectarian by ‘Non-Sectarian’ Narratives in Qumran
The Nazoraeans as a ‘Sect’ in ‘Sectarian’ Judaism? A Reconsideration of the Current View via the Narrative of Acts and the Meaning of Hairesis
Joan E. Taylor
Legal Realism and the Fashioning of Sectarians in Jewish Antiquity
PART TWO: MEDIEVAL AND MODERN
The Qaraites as Sect: The Tyranny of a Construct
The Hasideans and the Ancient Jewish ‘Sects’: a Seventeenth-Century Controversy
Jews for Jesus: Occupying Jewish Time and Space
PART THREE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Is a Historical Comparative Sociology of (Ancient Jewish) Sects Possible?
David J. Chalcraft
Weber-Foucault-Nietzsche: Uncertain Legacies for the Sociology of Religion