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Jewish Life and Thought among Greeks and Romans: Primary Readings

Jewish Life and Thought among Greeks and Romans

Primary Readings

Louis H. Feldman (Editor), Meyer Reinhold (Editor)


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This comprehensive treasury of sources on Judaism in the ancient period will be valued and used by students, scholars, and general readers who are interested in Jewish history, classical studies, or the origins of Christianity.

Two of the world's leading authorities on the classical period bring together an amazing variety of ancient sources in an accessible and interesting way. Included are helpful introductions, a glossary, maps, illustrations, and other aids for reading and research.

This book includes the most comprehensive coverage available of sources in the area of anti-Semitism and (what is usually more neglected) philo-Semitism. It coordinates literacy, epigraphical, papyrological, and numismatic evidence.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800629267
  • Dimensions 6 x 9.25
  • Pages 480
  • Publication Date December 19, 1996


"It is an excellent idea to make this material available to a broad audience. The editor are scholars of immense learning, and there could be no one better for this task."
— E.P. Sanders, Duke University


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Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations

  1. The Greeks Discover the Jews
  2. The Beginnings of Hellenization in Egypt
  3. Jewish Life in Other Countries of the Diaspora
  4. Pro-Jewish Attitudes by Governments
  5. Pro-Jewish Attitudes by Intellectuals
  6. Conversion to Judaism
  7. "Sympathizers" ("God-Fearers")
  8. The Jews in Palestine
  9. Revolts of the Jews Against the Roman Empire
  10. Criticism and Hostility Towards Jews

    Glossary of Recurring Terms
    Suggested Topics for Further Research
    General Bibliography
    Index of Ancient Authors, Tracts, and Documents
    General Index