Alaska campus dean pens book on Second Temple period

Dr. Jeff Anderson, dean of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Anchorage, Alaska, has penned a book on the Second Temple Period. The book is scheduled for release in August 2002 and will be published by University Press of America.

"The Internal Diversification of Second Temple Judaism: An Introduction to the Second Temple Period" is basically an overview of the history, communities and theological innovations of the Second Temple Period, which took place from 515 BCE to 70 CE.

"The Second Temple Period was one of the most prolific and creative of all of ancient Israel's history," Anderson said. "It was a time of unparalleled literary and theological diversity and it led to the powerful religious movements of Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity."

Anderson said the book examines the socio-religious movements of the period and summarizes the significant literary creativity that characterized Second Temple Judaism, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Apocrypha. He added that the book is intended to be a reader's first introduction to the period.

A 1979 graduate of Wayland, Anderson holds the Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has also studied at Tel Aviv University.

He is a professor of religion at the Wayland campus and has worked on the book for six years.