Item description for Jews, Judaism, and the Classical World: Studies in Jewish History in the Times of the Second Temple and Talmud by G. Alon...
These studies cover a span of time beginning with the Hasmoneans and the earliest intervention of Roman power in the land of Israel - that is, from the second and first pre-Christian centuries - and extended as far as the third and fourth centuries of the present era. Most of the questions dealt with originate in the inner world of Judaism and Jewish law (halacha). However, the issues are examined in relation to other factors as well, such as the Hellenistic literature of the Jews, early Christian traditions, and classical culture as a whole.
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A fascinating viewo the history of the Land of Israel May 27, 1998
As a novice history buff tired of chronolgical works devoid of in-depth thought, I found Alon's work very interesting and thought provoking. He has a clear view of the role Jews played in the Land of Israel from the destruction of the Temple in 70, C.E. through the Islamic conquest.