The Jews of Ancient Rome : Updated Edition

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Since its original publication in 1960, Harry J. Leon's Jews of Ancient Rome has been the standard reference work in English on the catacomb inscriptions in Rome. The updated edition makes this long out-of-print volume the single best entree to the archeological materials on Judaism in ancient Rome. A new introduction by Carolyn Osiek, of Catholic Theological Union, brings together the new inscriptional discoveries and assesses the scholarly import of Leon's original work. This updated edition includes new ...
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Overview

Since its original publication in 1960, Harry J. Leon's Jews of Ancient Rome has been the standard reference work in English on the catacomb inscriptions in Rome. The updated edition makes this long out-of-print volume the single best entree to the archeological materials on Judaism in ancient Rome. A new introduction by Carolyn Osiek, of Catholic Theological Union, brings together the new inscriptional discoveries and assesses the scholarly import of Leon's original work. This updated edition includes new inscriptions with comments by Carolyn Osiek, line art and photos of inscriptions, an updated bibliography, and addenda to the first edition. For anyone interested in opening new windows into the social life of the Jews of ancient Rome, this volume is indispensable.

The Jews of ancient Rome played an interesting and important role during those critical junctures in Jewish and world affairs--when the Jewish State was destroyed, when Judaism and Christianity parted company, and when new diaspora communities were established in the Roman world. The literary sources for the history of the Roman Jews have yielded but little information--certainly not enough for a convincing picture.

Professor Harry J. Leon achieved an authentic portrait of that community by means of thorough investigation of the Jewish catacombs. The brief inscriptions reveal a wealth of significant information: the language of the people, their labors, their religion, and their manner of life. Many of the inscriptions are reproduced in photographs. The reader, whether lay person or scholar, will find Dr. Leon's synthesis of this information absorbing, as both ancient Rome and the ancient Jewish community come to life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781565630765
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Revised Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Ch. I The Historical Record 1
Ch. II The Jewish Catacombs of Rome 46
A Discovery of the Catacombs 46
B Description of the Catacombs 54
Ch. III The Jewish Inscriptions of Rome 67
Ch. IV The Language of the Jews of Rome 75
Ch. V The Names of the Jews of Rome 93
Ch. VI The Sepulchral Formulas and Epithets 122
Ch. VII The Synagogues of Ancient Rome 135
Ch. VIII The Organization of the Roman Jewish Community 167
Ch. IX Symbols and Art in the Jewish Catacombs of Rome 195
Ch. X The Life of the Community 229
A Vital Data 229
B Occupations and Economic Status 233
C National Origins 238
D Influence of Environment 240
E Religious Ideas and Practices 244
F Proselytes 250
Summary 257
Illustrations and Appendix of Inscriptions 261
Bibliography 347
Index 365
Appendix to the New Edition: New Inscriptions 379
Addenda et Corrigenda to the First Edition 389
Updated Bibliography 391
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