A Hidden Revolution: The Pharisees' Search for the Kingdom WithinBy Ellis RivkinHardcover: 336 pagesPublisher: Abingdon (Parthenon Press), Nashville, 1978ISBN: 0687169704Condition: This book is in very good used condition, and looks like it has never been read. The dust jacket shows shelf-wear. There is no writing in the book.From the Dust Jacket: The Pharisees appeared in history at a crucial time. Who were these men? What did they believe? When did their "way of living" begin to surface in Jewish life and culture? Generations of scholars have puzzled over these questions. Dr. Ellis Rivkin offers simple, yet thoroughly researched, answers that release the Pharisees from the stereotyped image of ritual purists and separatists who held themselves aloof.Building upon past insights, Dr. Rivkin moves forward in recognizing the unique contributions and reconstructing the obscure origins of the Pharisees. Through analysis of the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus, the New Testament, and the body of writings known as the Tannaitic Literature, he arrives at a valid identity for the Pharisees: a scholar class dedicated to the supremacy of the twofold Law, the Written and the Oral, who opposed the Sadducees (exponents of the sole authority of the Written Law) and who ultimately made the twofold Law operative in Jewish society.