The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature: The Hellenistic Period

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Univ of California Press, Feb 9, 2016 - Religion - 628 pages
This landmark contribution to ongoing debates about perceptions of the Jews in antiquity examines the attitudes of Greek writers of the Hellenistic period toward the Jewish people. Among the leading Greek intellectuals who devoted special attention to the Jews were Theophrastus (the successor of Aristotle), Hecataeus of Abdera (the father of "scientific" ethnography), and Apollonius Molon (probably the greatest rhetorician of the Hellenistic world). Bezalel Bar-Kochva examines the references of these writers and others to the Jews in light of their literary output and personal background; their religious, social, and political views; their literary and stylistic methods; ethnographic stereotypes current at the time; and more.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Alexander and the Successors to the Religious
13
the Origins and Development of the Ass Libel
206
From the Jewish Revolt
251
Alexandria and the Hostile Accounts of the Exodus
306
The Man and His Writings
338
The Jewish Ethnography in Strabos
355
Josephus on the Siege of Jerusalem
399
The AntiJewish Libels
440
The Geographical Description of Jerusalem by Timochares
458
Conclusion
517
Bibliography
543
Index
577
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Bezalel Bar-Kochva is Jacob M. Alkow Professor of the History of the Jews in the Ancient World at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and the author of Pseudo Hecataeus "On the Jews": Legitimizing the Jewish Diaspora, among other books.

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