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Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora (John J Collins) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand), 1999) 9780802843722
Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora (John J Collins) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans (Print on Demand), 1999) 9780802843722
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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

List Price in Paper: $39.50 Our price: $31.99

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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.

Contents

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction

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.

Conclusion

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

Greek Esther

3. Religion and Politics: The Roman Period

The Status of the Jews in Roman Egypt

The Third Book of Maccabees

Philo's Politics

The Events of 66-73 C.E.

The Background of the Great Revolt

The Fifth Sibyl

The Later Sibyllines

Conclusion

Part Two: Identity through Ethics and Piety

4. The Common Ethic

Judaism according to Hecataeus

The Basis for a Common Ethic

The Sibylline Oracles

Pseudo-Phocylides

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

The Role of the Synagogue

5. Philosophical Judaism

Aristobulus

Poetic Forgeries

Pseudo-Aristeas

The Wisdom of Solomon

Fourth Maccabees

6. The Mysteries of God

Mystic Judaism

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

2 Enoch

Conclusion

7. Jews and Gentiles

A Jewish Mission?

The "God-fearers"

The Function of the Literature

Conclusion

Bibliography

Indexes

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