The Jews in the Greek Age by Elias J. Bickerman
By Elias J. Bickerman
Original 12 months of publication: 1990
Written through 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 area of expertise, so it's only traditional that it may even be his significant contribution to the examine of Jewish historical past of that interval, the interval of formation of Hellenistic Jewish tradition: from Alexander the nice to Maccabees.
This vital interval in Jewish historical past is tough to check a result of scarcity of assets and the shortcoming of significant predicament. via carrying on with pleasant to Jews Persian rules, Greeks were capable of generate plenty of stable will at the a part of the Jewish humans till the surprising and possible inexplicable swap and harsh persecution of the Judaism.
Bickerman makes an attempt to lead a reader to the knowledge of ways anything like which can occurred and provides a few rules that experience now not met common approval, specifically that the persecution will be considered extra in mild of intra-Jewish strength fight, instead of due to Antiochus anti-Semitism.
"Every pupil of Hellenism may still learn this ebook. it really is simply the main obtainable account of Judaism during this interval, and as such may be on the most sensible on any analyzing list... Bickerman's paintings is choked with insights that finished students may benefit from."
-- William H. King
Comparative Civilizations Review
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