Reviews & Recommendations
Many of the web pages from which the following blurbs were excerpted
have over the years vanished into cyberspace.
Links are provided to those that are still on-line.
Into His Own is one of the first 35 websites chosen for inclusion
in the American Theological Libraries Association's
List of Catalogued Websites
(20 October 2005).
"A first class new site exploring the world in which Jesus lived by means of
well-organised, newly translated primary texts and other material. A major new web resource,
strongly recommended." -- Mark Goodacre, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham UK.
and scholarly, but still aimed at an audience of non-experts, this
resource is an excellent teaching and introductory
research tool." -- Eva De Visscher, University of Leeds, UK [Intute:
Arts & Humanities, U of Oxford].
"I want to congratulate you on your website "Into His Own": it is
a tremendously useful resource in providing context and linkages regarding the beginnings of Christianity... it is really
a treasured moment to find a large solid set of accurate and minimally interpreted data on a
field of vital relevance to those interested in the late Second Temple and origins of Christianity
and Rabbinic Judaism." -- Terrence Kaufman, Professor of Anthropology & Linguistics,
University of Pittsburgh (personal e-mail quoted with permission).
"The electronic pages provided by Prof. Mahlon H. Smith
are an excellent source for the early Mishnaic
period. The correlation with apocryphal and pseudo-apocryphal works is especially useful since some of these texts
are available only in sometimes difficult to obtain journals... This sort of information is particularly useful for a scholar such as myself who in addition to some 60
publications in scientific journals also publishes articles on veterinary science and Jewish law."
-- Lawrence S. Shore, Israel (personal e-mail quoted with permission).
"I'm adding your map to
the [Jewish Virtual]
Library and as I go through your links I'm finding an
incredible wealth of material. I hope you don't mind that I'm also adding
the descriptions of places on the map (those I don't have already) and
some of the bios of the major figures that are referenced in those links
(e.g., Hyrcanus, Mattathias, etc). This is filling in some major
historical gaps in the Library and is a huge help." - Mitchell G.
Bard, Executive Director, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
(personal e-mail cited with permission).
"...go to Mahlon Smith's
website "Into His Own: Perspective on the World of Jesus",
which contains a
wealth of information on ancient Judaism, including excerpts
from numerous primary texts, introductory material on Josephus, on the
Dead Sea Scrolls (including a timeline of the story of their discovery and
publication), and on rabbinic literature, and much more. It could be a very
useful resource for your undergraduate and even postgraduate students."
R. Davila, Prof. of Early Jewish Studies, St. Mary's College, U of
St. Andrews UK [PaleoJudaica:
A Weblog on Ancient Judaism in its Context].
Other scholarly resources that recommend this web site:
of Jesus [Eugene Hensell, OSB, Associate Prof. of Scripture, St.
Meinrad School of Theology].
24 Oct 2021