Martin Goodman’s Course Reading List

The following is the bibliography for Martin Goodman’s upcoming course at Oxford, Jewish History 200 B.C.E. – 70 C.E.:

General Histories

Schäfer, P. The History of the Jews in Antiquity

Schürer, E. The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ, 3 volumes, 1973-87

Schwartz, S. Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 B.C.E. to 640 C.E., 2001

Safrai, S. and M. Stern, eds The Jewish People in the First Century, 2 volumes,  1974-76

Smallwood, E. M.  The Jews under Roman Rule, 1976


Schiffman, L. H. and J. C. VanderKam Encyclopaedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2 volumes, 2000

Stern, E. New Encyclopaedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, 4 volumes, 1993


Avigad, N. Discovering Jerusalem, 1984

Chadwick, H. The Early Church, 1968

Collins, J. J. Between Athens and Jerusalem, 1983

Crawford, M. The Roman Republic, 1978

Goodman, M. The Ruling Class of Judaea, 1987

Goodman, M. Rome and Jerusalem, 2007

Lane Fox, R. Pagans and Christians, 1986

Neusner, J., W. S. Green and E. S. Frerichs, eds. Judaisms and their Messiahs at the turn of the Christian Era, 1987

Nickelsburg, G. W. E. Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah, 1981

Price, J. J. Jerusalem under Siege, 1992

Rajak, T. Josephus: the Historian and his Society, 1983

Safrai, S. The Literature of the Sages, 1987

Sanders, E. P. Jesus and Judaism, 1985

Sanders, E. P. Jewish Law between Jesus and the Mishnah, 1990

Sanders, E. P. Judaism: Practice and Belief, 1992

Segal, A. F. Rebecca’s Children, 1986

Stemberger, G. Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash, 2nd edition, 1996

Stone, M. E. Scripture, Sects and Visions, 1982

Vermes, G. Jesus the Jew, 1973

Vermes, G. and M. Goodman The Essenes according to the Classical Sources, 1989

Walbank, F. W. The Hellenistic World, 1981

Whittaker, M. Jews and Christians: Graeco-Roman Views, 1984


Stern, M. Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism,  3 volumes, 1974-86

Charles, R. H. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament,  2 volumes, 1913

Charlesworth, J. H. Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, 2 volumes, 1983-85

I and II Maccabees ed. J. Goldstein in Anchor Bible Edition, 1976 and 1983

Vermes, G. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, 1998

Philo Collected Works, Loeb edition (Greek and English)

Josephus The Jewish War, Penguin translation

Josephus Antiquitates Judaicae, Loeb edition (Greek and English)

Josephus Vita, Loeb edition (Greek and English)

Mishnah tr. H. Danby, 1933

Tosefta tr. J. Neusner, 1979-81

I already own all but one or two of the sources, and a few other scattered books, but if anyone is looking to unload some Second Temple Period literature that just happens to be on this list, I hope you’ll let me know.


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