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The Dynasty of the Jewish Patriarchs.
Tübingen. Mohr Siebeck 2013. XI, 246 S. = Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 156. Lw. EUR 89,00. ISBN 978-3-16-152964-1.
Once upon a time one comes across a book that should better not have been published, especially not by a respected academic pub-lisher such as Mohr Siebeck. The present study by Alan Appelbaum purports to be an analysis of the dynastic aspects of the Palestinian patriarchate and a contribution to the study of ancient Jewish leadership. It turns out to be an opinionated piece of writing that does not only fail to contribute any new insights but happens to turn scholarship backwards towards an uncritical, positivistic, and harmonizing stage. The idea that the Jewish patriarchs of Roman Palestine constituted a dynasty seems self-evident, although sparse evidence exists for an examination of the nature and workings of this institution in the third to fifth centuries C. E. A. purports to ...
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