The Jews in the Greek Age

The Jews in the Greek Age

Elias J. Bickerman

Original 12 months of publication: 1990

Written via one of many maximum students of Judaism within the Hellenistic interval, Bickerman provocative paintings represents, within the phrases of Gerson Cohen's "Foreword," Bickerman's "final statement" on Judaism within the Seleucid interval. this actual interval used to be Bickerman's forte, so it is just traditional that it may even be his significant contribution to the learn of Jewish historical past of that interval, the interval of formation of Hellenistic Jewish tradition: from Alexander the good to Maccabees.

This very important interval in Jewish heritage is hard to review a result of scarcity of assets and the shortcoming of significant challenge. by way of carrying on with pleasant to Jews Persian rules, Greeks were capable of generate plenty of reliable will at the a part of the Jewish humans until eventually the surprising and probably inexplicable swap and cruel persecution of the Judaism.

Bickerman makes an attempt to lead a reader to the knowledge of ways whatever like that can occurred and gives a few rules that experience now not met common approval, specifically that the persecution may be considered extra in gentle of intra-Jewish strength fight, instead of due to Antiochus anti-Semitism.

"Every pupil of Hellenism should still learn this ebook. it really is simply the main obtainable account of Judaism during this interval, and as such can be on the best on any analyzing list... Bickerman's paintings is full of insights that finished students may benefit from."
-- William H. King
Comparative Civilizations Review

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