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The Jews of Egypt: From Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian [Paperback]

By Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski (Author), Robert Cornman (Translator) & Shaye J. D. Cohen (Preface by)
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The story of the adventures and misadventures of the people of Israel in the land of Egypt. Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski draws upon archaeological research, historical documents that include edicts of emperors as well as the humble correspondence of common people, and scientific analysis to illuminate the reality underlying our image of the past and Jewish culture. Photos. Maps. Illus.

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Hellenistic Egypt was the setting for perhaps the first Jewish Golden Age, a time "golden" in Jewish memory as an era of vibrant cultural interaction between the Jews and their gentile hosts. This is the story of the adventures and misadventures of the people of Israel in the land of Egypt the years shrouded in the mists of biblical history under the Pharaohs; the strange intermezzo of the Jewish mercenary detachment on the island of Elephantine on the upper Nile; the apogee of Jewish culture under Ptolemies; and finally, the Jewish community's rapid decline and catastrophic disappearance under Roman rule. Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski uses scientific analysis to illuminate the reality underlying our image of the past. The biblical accounts and Jewish and pagan literary texts are juxtaposed with discoveries of a century of archaeological and papyrological research that has unearthed the edicts of emperors as well as the humble correspondence of common people. In a tantalizing epilogue, Modrzejewski probes a turning point in Western civilization: the brief but crucial episode when budding Christianity and the Alexandrian Jews parted company.

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Studio: Princeton University Press
Pages   279
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.81" Width: 6.93" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 16, 1997
Publisher   Princeton University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0691015759  
ISBN13  9780691015750  

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an overlooked classic in the making  Jul 27, 2008
Modrzejewski has written what is likely to be "the" guide to the Jews in Egypt in the Second Temple period. While this may seem to some an obscure undertaking, it is actually essential learning for anyone seeking to understand the matrix of Judaism and Christianity at the turn of the common era. Alexandria was a key locale as events unfolded, but it wasn't the only historically relevant Egyptian place where Jews lived in the Diaspora. Modrzejewski explores Leontopolis, Elephantine and other places where Jews dealt with life in Hellenistic Egypt.

Modrzejewski presents a series of fascinating episodes, some in perhaps more detail than some readers need, such as marriage contracts and other documents that support his theses. But this is simply good scholarship: taking the evidence that is available and making the most of it, without overreaching his conclusions. A "must read" for anyone seeking to understand how and why Christianity abandoned its Jewish roots.

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