Between Alexandria and Jerusalem examines the dynamics of Hellenistic and Jewish cultures. It begins by looking at the changes in mentality as reflected in papyri of Roman Egypt, the birth of a qualified audience looking for teachers and preachers and requiring a new culture. This same phenomenon emerged in Rabbinic society. Rabbinic literature was different not only from the Bible, but from Alexandrian exegesis as well. However, Alexandrian exegesis paved the way for rabbinic Midrash. The book defies the understanding of culture as a combination of various petrified 'patterns,' Jewish and Hellenic. It also challenges the idea of ‘separate’ Jewish cultures. Rather, it endeavors to trace tremendous cultural changes. It was exactly these changes that connected one period to another, one literature to another, and thus embodied continuity and unity of culture.
Arkady Kovelman, Ph.D. Moscow State University (1975), is the Head of the Center for Jewish Studies and Jewish Civilization of Moscow State University, Professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of European Association for Jewish Studies and a member of the Editorial Council of the Review of Rabbinic Judaism.
All those interested in intellectual history, the history of Late Antiquity, Rabbinic and Philonic Studies, as well as classical philologists and papyrologists.