Jews in a Graeco-Roman World

Paperback | March 9, 2004

EditorMartin Goodman

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This book contains studies of the social, cultural, and religious history of the Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Some of the sixteen contributors are specialists in Jewish history, others in classics. They tackle from different angles the extent to which Jews in this period differedfrom other peoples in the Mediterranean region, and how much Jewish evidence can be used for the history of the wider classical world. The authors make extensive use not only of types of evidence familiar to classicists, such as inscriptions and the writing of Josephus, but also Jewish religious literature, including rabbinic texts. The various studies demonstrate that, although Jews lived tosome extent apart from others and with distinctive customs, in many ways this showed the cultural presuppositions and preoccupations of their gentile contemporaries. The book aims to encourage wider use of the Jewish evidence by classicists and will be important for all students of the classical world.

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This book contains studies of the social, cultural, and religious history of the Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Some of the sixteen contributors are specialists in Jewish history, others in classics. They tackle from different angles the extent to which Jews in this period differedfrom other peoples in the Mediterranean regi...

Martin Goodman is a Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:March 9, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The Hellenistic and Roman world - Jewish perspectives1. Martin Goodman: Jews, Greeks, and Romans2. Erich Gruen: Jews, Greeks, and Romans in the Third Sibylline Oracle3. Seth Schwartz: The hellenization of Jerusalem and Shechem4. Daniel Schwartz: Josephus' TobiadsPart II: Social Integration?5. Benjamin Isaac: Jewish and Christian Communities in Southern Palestine6. David Noy: `And he made his grave with the wicked'Part III: Similarities?7. Albert Baumgarten: Graeco-Roman Voluntary Associations and Jewish Sects8. William Horbury: Antichrist among Jews and Gentiles9. Michael Satlow: Rhetoric and assumptions: Romans and Rabbis on Sex10. Joshua Schwartz: Gambling in Ancient Jewish Society and in the Graeco-Roman World11. Hannah Cotton: The Rabbis and the Documents12. Aharon Oppenheimer: Jewish Penal Authority in Roman JudaeaPart IV: Differences?13. Lee Levine: Synagogue Leadership in the Diaspora and Palestine14. Margaret Williams: The Structure of the Jewish Community in Rome15. Tessa Rajak: The Gifts of God at Sardis16. Sacha Stern: Dissonance and Misinterpretation in Jewish-Roman Relations

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`I wholeheartedly recommend the volume to anyone interested in the Jews and Judaism of the Graeco-Roman world.'Jewish Quarterly Review