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The Jews of Egypt: From Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian
     

The Jews of Egypt: From Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian

by Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski, Shayne J.D. Cohen (Preface by)
 

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Hellenistic Egypt was the setting for perhaps the first Jewish Golden Age, a time "golden" in Jewish memory as an era of vibrant cultural interaction between the Jews and their gentile hosts. This is the story of the adventures and misadventures of the people of Israel in the land of Egypt the years shrouded in the mists of biblical history under the Pharaohs; the

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Hellenistic Egypt was the setting for perhaps the first Jewish Golden Age, a time "golden" in Jewish memory as an era of vibrant cultural interaction between the Jews and their gentile hosts. This is the story of the adventures and misadventures of the people of Israel in the land of Egypt the years shrouded in the mists of biblical history under the Pharaohs; the strange intermezzo of the Jewish mercenary detachment on the island of Elephantine on the upper Nile; the apogee of Jewish culture under Ptolemies; and finally, the Jewish community's rapid decline and catastrophic disappearance under Roman rule. Joseph Mélèze Modrzejewski uses scientific analysis to illuminate the reality underlying our image of the past. The biblical accounts and Jewish and pagan literary texts are juxtaposed with discoveries of a century of archaeological and papyrological research that has unearthed the edicts of emperors as well as the humble correspondence of common people. In a tantalizing epilogue, Modrzejewski probes a turning point in Western civilization: the brief but crucial episode when budding Christianity and the Alexandrian Jews parted company.

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"Urbane, intelligent, and well-researched . . . more than ample for a well-rounded view of Jewish history in ancient Egypt."Library Journal
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.
Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691015750
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/27/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.93(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.68(d)

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