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Title: Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora
Author: Collins, John J
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand); Publication Date: 1999
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802843722
Volumes: 1; Pages: 343
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A landmark study of Hellenistic Judaism by one of the world's recognized experts.
One of the most creative and consequential collisions in Western culture involved the encounter of Judaism with Hellenism. In his widely acclaimed study of the intellectual and moral relationship between "Athens and Jerusalem," John J. Collins examines the literature of Hellenistic Judaism, treating not only the introductory questions of date, authorship, and provenance, but also the larger question of Jewish identity in the Greco-Roman world.
First published in 1984, Between Athens and Jerusalem is now fully revised and updated to take into account the best of recent scholarship.
Preface to the Second Edition
Part One: National and Political Identity
1. The Uses of the Past
The Faithful Chroniclers
History and Romance
The Epic Poets
Jewish Historiography in the First Century C.E.
2. Religion and Politics: The Ptolemaic Era
The History of the Jews in Ptolemaic Egypt
Onias and Leontopolis
The Background of Onias
2 Maccabees and the Diaspora
The Third Sibyl
The Letter of Aristeas
Joseph and Aseneth
3. Religion and Politics: The Roman Period
The Status of the Jews in Roman Egypt
The Third Book of Maccabees
The Events of 66-73 C.E.
The Background of the Great Revolt
The Fifth Sibyl
The Later Sibyllines
Part Two: Identity through Ethics and Piety
4. The Common Ethic
Judaism according to Hecataeus
The Basis for a Common Ethic
The Sibylline Oracles
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
The Role of the Synagogue
5. Philosophical Judaism
The Wisdom of Solomon
6. The Mysteries of God
The Pseudo-Orphic Fragments
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Joseph and Aseneth
The Prayer of Joseph
The Testament of Job
The Books of Adam and Eve
The Testament of Abraham
7. Jews and Gentiles
A Jewish Mission?
The Function of the Literature