The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature: The Hellenistic Period (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Feb 2, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 632 pages
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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

1 Theophrastus on Jewish Sacrificial Practices and the Jews as a Community of Philosophers
15
2 Aristotle the Learned fJew and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus
40
3 The Jewish Ethnographic Excursus by Hecataeus of Abdera
90
4 Megasthenes on the Physics of the Greeks Brahmans and Jews
136
5 Hermippus of Smyrna on Pythagoras the Jews and the Thracians
164
6 The Diachronic Libels and Accusations A
206
THE HASMONAEAN PERIOD
251
7 The Diachronic Libels and Accusations B
253
10 Posidonius of Apamea A
338
11 Posidonius of Apamea B
355
12 Posidonius of Apamea C
399
13 Posidonius of Apamea D
440
14 The Geographical Description of Jerusalem by Timorchares the Siege and the Libels
458
15 The AntiJewish Ethnographic Treatise by Apollonius Molon
469
Conclusion
517
Appendix
525

8 Agatharchides of Cnidus on the Sabbath as a Superstition
280
9 The Diachronic Libels and Accusations C
306

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About the author (2010)

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 "(UC Press), among other books.

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