The Jews in the Greek Age Elias J. Bickerman

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Published: March 4th 2012

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The Jews in the Greek Age  by  Elias J. Bickerman

The Jews in the Greek Age by Elias J. Bickerman
March 4th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 700 pages | ISBN: | 10.63 Mb

Written by one of the greatest scholars of Judaism in the Hellenistic period, Bickerman provocative work represents, in the words of Gerson Cohens Foreword, Bickermans final statement on Judaism in the Seleucid period. This particular periodMoreWritten by one of the greatest scholars of Judaism in the Hellenistic period, Bickerman provocative work represents, in the words of Gerson Cohens Foreword, Bickermans final statement on Judaism in the Seleucid period. This particular period was Bickermans specialty, so it is only natural that it should also be his major contribution to the study of Jewish history of that period, the period of formation of Hellenistic Jewish culture: from Alexander the Great to Maccabees.This important period in Jewish history is difficult to study because of the shortage of sources and the lack of major crisis.

By continuing friendly to Jews Persian policies, Greeks have been able to generate lots of good will on the part of the Jewish people until the sudden and seemingly inexplicable change and vicious persecution of the Judaism.Bickerman attempts to guide a reader to the understanding of how something like that could happened and offers some ideas that have not met universal approval, especially that the persecution should be viewed more in light of intra-Jewish power struggle, rather than because of Antiochus anti-Semitism.Every student of Hellenism should read this book.

It is easily the most accessible account of Judaism in this period, and as such should be at the top on any reading list... Bickermans work is packed with insights that accomplished scholars could benefit from.-- William H. KingComparative Civilizations Review



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