The Jewish Dialogue with Greece and Rome: Studies in Cultural and Social Interaction

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This volume includes twenty-seven interdisciplinary essays written by Tessa Rajak, a well-known scholar, on aspects of Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. The essays derive from the author's long-standing interests in the analysis of texts as documents of cultural and religious interaction, and in how Jewish communities were woven into the social fabric of Greek cities in the Hellenistic and Roman East. The book is divided into four sections: Greeks and Jews, Josephus, The Jewish Diaspora and Epigraphy, and an epilogue, which addresses modern uses and abuses of the Greek-Jewish polarity as exemplified by three nineteenth-century writers. Scholars and students from a wide variety of backgrounds will benefit.

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'...any scholar interested in the broad subject of ethnicity in the ancient world, and in the more narrow subject of Jewish interaction with that world, would learn much. ...a timely volume full of rich pickings and one which helpfully brings together the important thoughts of a significant player in ancient Jewish studies.'
James Carleton Paget, Journal of Theological Studies, 2002.
...most welcome, an inspired idea, and a boon for scholars and students of this subject.
Erich S. Gruen, Scripta Classica Israelica, 2002.
Rajak’s scholarship is solid and well-considered…a convenient collection of valuable contributions to this dynamic field.
James E. Bowley, Religious Studies Review, 2002.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780391041332
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Biblical Studies and Religious Studies
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Rajak is currently Reader in Classics, University of Reading, and Associate Director, AHRB Research Centre for the Study of Jewish Non-Jewish Relations.
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