The Jews in the Greek Age

The Jews in the Greek Age

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By (author) Elias J. Bickerman

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 11 October 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674474910
  • ISBN 13: 9780674474918
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 1,306,933

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A history of the Jewish people from the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.E. to the revolt of the Maccabees. Bickerman discusses Jewish economic, religious, intellectual, and social life, and the relations between the Jewish community and the Hellenistic rulers and colonizers of Palestine.

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Elias Bickerman was Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University and Research Fellow at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Review quote

The last posthumous work of one of the greatest of all scholars of Judaism in Graeco-Roman antiquity...Note the power and brilliance, as well as the (as ever) bold and controversial character of its representation of Judaism and Jewish history in the period between Alexander and the Maccabees. -- Fergus Millar Journal of Jewish Studies Highly readable and packed with information, much of which will be new even to those with some knowledge of one side or the other, Jewish or Greek. -- Jasper Griffin New York Review of Books [Bickerman] displays the qualities of a great historian: mastery of primary sources, wide learning in other areas, careful yet often bold judgments, and ability to write a lively narrative. -- Daniel J. Harrington Theological Studies

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One of our century's greatest authorities on the ancient world gives us a vivid account of the Jewish people from the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.E. to the revolt of the Maccabees. It is a rich story, of Jewish social, economic, and intellectual life and of the relations between the Jewish community and the Hellenistic rulers and colonizers of Palestine - a historical narrative told with consummate skill.

Table of contents

PART 1: BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER 1. Alexander and Jerusalem 2. Alexander and Samaria 3. The Greeks Discover the Jews 4. The Jews Discover the Greeks 5. Jerusalem and Judea 6. The Law of the Jews 7. The Jewish Periphery 8. The Dispersion 9. Aramaic Literature PART 2: THE THIRD CENTURY 10. Ptolemaic Palestine 11. The Dispersion under the Ptolemaic 12. The Eastern Dispersion 13. The Greek Torah 14. The End of the Kingdom of the South 15. The Kingdom of the North PART 3: PERMANENCE AND INNOVATION 16. The Temple 17. Priests and Levites 18. Economic Life 19. Scribes and Sages 20. The Midrash 21. The New Jurisprudence 22. New Literature 23. New Values in the Dispersion 24. Old and New in Religion 25. Faith and History 26. A retrospect Bibliographical Note Bibliography Index