Boston, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc., 2001. Softbound. Octavo, paper covers with minor wear, xviii, 595 pp., two maps, Herodean family tree, index. Very Good. Item #92183
E.M. Smallwood is Professor of Romano-Jewish History at Queen's University, Belfast.
It is remarkable that Judaism could develop given the domination by Rome in Palestine over the centuries. Smallwood traces Judaism's constantly shifting political, religious, and geographical boundaries under Roman rule from Pompey to Diocletian, that is, from the first century BCE through the third century CE. From a long-standing nationalistic tradition that was a tolerated sect under a pagan ruler, Judaism becomes, over time, a threat that needs to be repressed and confined against a now-Christian empire. This work examines the galvanizing forces that shaped and defined Judaism as we have come to know it.