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By Jacob Neusner / Wipf & Stock / 2006
A crisis was taking place in Palestine—a conflict between the Romans’ need for expanding their empire, trade, and strategic locale, and the Jews’ need to serve God with their laws and land. Beginning with the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70, Jacob Neusner presents a picture of Pharisee Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, leader of Jewish reconstruction and founder of contemporary Judaism as we know it today. This volume describes how the Torah affected Yohanan’s education, war activities, social problems, and theological issues.