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The Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan Sourcebook [Paperback]

By Margaret Williams (Author)
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As one of the few groups in the Greco-Roman world to resist cultural assimilation, the Jews remained an object of fascination throughout antiquity. Here research associate Margaret Williams assembles, assesses, and contextualizes a wealth of literary and archaeological evidence relating to Jewish communities outside the land of Israel beginning with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E. and concluding with the demise of the Jewish Patriarchate around 420 C.E. 4 illustrations.

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As one of the few groups in the Greco-Roman world to resist cultural assimilation, the Jews remained an object of fascination throughout antiquity. Greek and Roman writers devoted much space to them, but few bothered to learn the facts about Jews, preferring to report stereotypes and rumor. Evidence does exist, however, to show what real Jews were like in antiquity and how they interacted with the Greeks and Romans, both pagan and Christian.

In "The Jews among the Greeks and Romans," Margaret Williams assembles, assesses, and contextualizes literary and archaeological evidence relating to Jewish communities outside the land of Israel. The sourcebook covers the period beginning with the Diaspora that resulted from the chaos of Alexander the Great's death in 323 BCE and concluding with the demise of the Jewish Patriarchate around 420 CE. This was a time which saw, first, the rapid opening up of opportunities for Jews and then, in the century after Constantine, the gradual but inexorable raising of barriers against them.

Newly translated from the Greek and Latin, the documents cover a broad array of topics, including religion, customs, festivals, repression, citizenship, military service, economics, intermarriage, and conversion from Jew to Gentile and Gentile to Jew. While previous collections have concentrated on literary texts, the present volume gives prominence to papyrological and epigraphic source material. Composed in accordance with Greco-Roman epigraphic conventions but written by Jews, these texts--some only recently discovered--constitute an extraordinarily rich source of information about the values and practices of Jews in antiquity.

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Studio: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 19, 1998
Publisher   The Johns Hopkins University Press
Age  22
ISBN  0801859387  
ISBN13  9780801859380  


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