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The Characteristics of Judaism’s Adoption of Zoroastrianism in the Second Temple Period

Yoon Kyung Lee 1

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ABSTRACT

This paper attempted to examine the characteristics of the adoption of Zoroastrianism by Judaism. Zoroastrianism significantly influenced the formation of Judaism in the Second Temple Period. While general research to date has been conducted on either rejecting or agreeing with the influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism, this paper accepted the influence of Zoroastrianism as a premise and instead tried to focus on how Judaism adopted Zoroastrianism. The characteristics of Judaism’s adoption of Zoroastrianism were presented through the concept of ‘disidentification.’ The Jewish community of the Second Temple Period did not completely deny or accept the idea of Zoroastrianism. Still, it was able to actively respond to the spiritual infiltration of the imperial religion and establish its own view of creation, purity laws, and the End Times in detail.

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