I cannot stress too strongly how much I agree with Bruce's statement that we should
" substitute as far as possible the mind of antiquity for our own modern suburban sensibilities."
The Jewish mindset from the Seleucids and the Hasmoneans onwards is quite different from before
that time and it is only in immersing oneself in the literature from 200BC onwards, including the Dead
Sea Scrolls that one can begin to comprehend what is going on in 30AD onwards.
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