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Professor Martin Goodman teaches Jewish history and Roman history at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow in Jewish History in the Graeco-Roman Period and Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, as well as Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Amongst the many books and articles he has authored and edited are Rome and Jerusalem: the clash of ancient civilizations (Penguin 2008) and The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (Oxford University Press 2002).
How tolerant were Jews in the first century?
In the late Second Temple era, the Pharisees upheld the oral law and practiced the customs handed down by tradition, but the Sadducees held that Jews should only adhere to a strict literalist interpolation of the Law of Moses. Professor Martin Goodman exp...
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