Archaeology Odyssey 3:6, November/December 2000


The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties

Shaye J.D. Cohen (Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1999) 426 pp., $45

This is among the most important books on ancient Judaism to appear in recent years. More than that: Shaye Cohen’s monograph on the origins of Jewish identity is a pleasure to read, prudent in handling the evidence and yet crisply written, even when the going gets tough.

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