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Invention of JudaismTorah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul$
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John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001

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Torah in the Persian Period

Torah in the Persian Period

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(p.44) Chapter 2 Torah in the Persian Period
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Invention of Judaism
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John J. Collins

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294110.003.0003

The Torah played little part in the restoration after the Exile or in the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. It is absent from the Elephantine papyri, except for the so-called Passover Papyrus, which attempts to introduce the Priestly dates for the festival. It gained authority in Judah under Ezra, who used it selectively to enforce a separatist ideology.

Keywords:   Haggai, Zechariah, Elephantine, Passover Papyrus, Ezra, intermarriage

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