The Jews Of Egypt

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This is the story of the adventures and misadventures of the Jewish people in the land of Egypt. The author uses the clear light of scientific analysis and archaeological research to illuminate the reality underlying the images from the Biblical accounts and Jewish and pagan literary texts, through the great ?love affair? between Jews and Hellenic culture. It ends with the brief but crucial episode when budding Christianity and the Alexandrian Jews parted company.
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Overview

This is the story of the adventures and misadventures of the Jewish people in the land of Egypt. The author uses the clear light of scientific analysis and archaeological research to illuminate the reality underlying the images from the Biblical accounts and Jewish and pagan literary texts, through the great “love affair” between Jews and Hellenic culture. It ends with the brief but crucial episode when budding Christianity and the Alexandrian Jews parted company.
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Jewish Book World
Using biblical, Jewish and pagan literary sources, the author, a noted French Professor of Ancient History, traces the daily life experience of the Jews of Egypt in the period from the pharoahs to the Greek domination.
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Chronicles the fortunes of the Jewish people in Egypt from the time of the Pharaohs to Roman rule, drawing on biblical accounts and Jewish and pagan literary texts as well as archaeological and papyrological research. Periods covered include the Judean colony of Elephantine in Egypt, Ptolemaic Egypt, Alexandrian Judaism, and the brief but crucial episode when Christianity and Alexandrian Jews parted company. Amply illustrated with b&w photos, drawings, and maps. Available from The Jewish Publication Society, 1930 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827605220
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 9/29/1995
  • Edition description: 1st English ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Biblical Egypt
Joseph and His Brothers 5
Moses and the Pharaoh 11
The Desert Road 16
2 The Stronghold of Elephantine
A Judean Colony in Egypt 21
Mibtahiah and Her Husbands: A Family of Note during the Reign of Artaxerxes I 26
"God of Heaven" and God of the Floods 36
3 Alexandrian Judaism and Its Problems
Alexander and the Jews 47
Can One Be Both Jewish and Greek? 56
A Love Story 65
4 A New Diaspora
Among the "Hellenes" 73
Soldiers of the Ptolemies 83
"God the Most High" and "Splendor of Israel" 87
5 A Law for the Jews of Egypt
The Greek Torah and the Demotic Case Book 99
The Law of Moses and the Justice of the King 107
"The Law of the Land Is Law" 112
6 A Jewish Temple in Ptolemaic Egypt
The Echoes of the Maccabean Crisis 121
"An Altar of the Lord in the Midst of the Land of Egypt" 124
Images of the "Land of Onias" 129
7 At the Wellsprings of Pagan Anti-Semitism
Modern Fantasies and Ancient Myths 135
The Miracle at the Hippodrome 141
"They Loathe the Jews" 153
8 The "Jewish Question" in Alexandria
The Decline 161
The Vile Deeds of Flaccus the Prefect 165
Jews, Alexandrians, and Claudius the Emperor 173
9 The Time of Misfortunes
The Service Record of a Brilliant Alexandrian 185
A Miracle in Rome 191
"A Spirit of Rebellion" 198
10 The Remembrance
Who Destroyed the Great Synagogue of Alexandria? 207
"Jewish Tax," "Jewish Accounts": The Tale of the Imperial Tax Records 214
A Day of Rejoicings in Oxyrhynchos 222
Epilogue 227
Chronological Table 233
Calendar 237
Monetary Units and Units of Measure 239
Glossary 241
Bibliography 247
Maps 256
Index of Persons and Places 261
Index of Sources 271
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