E. P. Sanders's monumental Judaism: Practice and Belief inaugurated vigorous debates about the extent and significance of commonality and diversity in ancient Judaism. Common Judaism gathers a host of scholars to present the state of our understanding of what was common ground in Second-Temple Judaism. By examining the tensions between a "common Judaism" and local settings, partisan Judaism, and the influence of Hellenism, these essays set contemporary discussion on a secure footing. An important resource for scholars and students alike, the contributors include: Lee I. Levine, Boaz Zissu, David Amit, Susan Haber, Albert I. Baumgarten, Anders Runesson, Cecilia Wassen, Anne Moore, Tessa Rajak, David Miller, Eliezer Segal, Seth Schwartz, and Ian W. Scott.
Adele Reinhartz is professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa. Her many books include Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (2002), Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament after the Holocaust (2009), and Common Judaism: Explorations in Second Temple Judaism (Fortress Press, 2008; pb 2011), co-edited with Wayne O. McCready. Wayne O. McCready is Professor of Western Religions and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. Adele Reinhartz is Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.