Several generations of scholars have produced histories of Second Temple Judaism, but none have systematically analyzed the Pharisaic-rabbinic traditions those histories cite. Consequently, scholars often refer to rabbinic traditions about the Pharisees as though everyone knows how the Jews of this period passed on these traditions--and to what extent they are historically reliable.
Prolific scholar Jacob Neusner produces an accurate history of the Pharisaic masters and houses in the Second-Temple period in Palestine. In the first part of this three-volume set, Neusner focuses on the Pharisaic masters. In Part II, he describes the Pharisaic houses, and in Part III, he provides a summary of his ideas.
So careful and complete a study of late Mycenaean remains as is included in this volume has never before been made. On the basis of a very thorough examination of all types of artifacts from all regions of the Mycenaean world the author is able to make observations concerning events in the Aegean between 1200 and 1000 BC that probably come as close to the actual course of events as presently available material permits.
--Saul S. Weinberg, University of Missouri, for American Journal of Archaeology