Focuses on the development of early Jewish literature from 200 B.C. to A.D. 200, showing the clash of cultures confronting Judaism as it tried to be true to ancient traditions yet alive to the advances of Hellenistic culture.
Recounts the efforts of faithful Jews to reinterpret foreign ideas, customs, and practices as a way of safeguarding the integrity of Jewish religion and allowing it to benefit from the best in what was new. Focuses on the period 200 B.C. to A.D. 200.