Judaism and Hellenism Reconsidered

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This book is a collection of 26 previously published articles, with a number of additions and corrections, and with a long new introduction on "The Influence of Hellenism on Jews in Palestine in the Hellenistic Period." The articles deal with such subjects as "Homer and the Near East," "The Septuagint," "Hatred and Attraction to the Jews in Classical Antiquity," "Conversion to Judaism in Classical Antiquity," "Philo, Pseudo-Philo, Josephus, and Theodotus on the Rape of Dinah," "The Influence of the Greek Tragedians on Josephus," "Josephus' Biblical Paraphrase as a Commentary on Contemporary Issues," "Parallel Lives of Two Lawgivers: Josephus' Moses and Plutarch's Lycurgus," "Rabbinic Insights on the Decline and Forthcoming Fall of the Roman Empire."
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Biographical Note

Louis H. Feldman Ph.D. (1951), Harvard University, is Professor of Classics at Yeshiva University and author of Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World, Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible, Studies in Josephus' Rewritten Bible, "Remember Amalek!" Vengeance, Zealotry, and Group Destruction in the Bible according to Philo, Pseudo-Philo, and Josephus.

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Preface
Introduction: The Influence of Hellenism on Jews in Palestine in the Hellenistic Period
PART ONE
JUDAISM AND HELLENISM
1. Homer and the Near East: The Rise of the Greek Genius
2. The Septuagint: The First Translation of the Torah and Its Effects
3. How Much Hellenism in the Land of Israel?
4. The Reshaping of Biblical Narrative in the Hellenistic Period
5. Did Jews Reshape the Tale of the Exodus?
6. Studies in the Ancient Jewish Mediterranean Diaspora
PART TWO
ANTI-SEMITISM, PHILO-SEMITISM, CONVERSION TO JUDAISM
7. Hatred for and Attraction to the Jews in Classical Antiquity
8. Reflections on Rutgers’ Attitudes to Judaism in the Greco-Roman Period
9. Conversion to Judaism in Classical Antiquity
PART THREE
STUDIES IN PHILO
10. Philo’s Version of the ‘Aqedah.
11. Philo, Pseudo-Philo, Josephus, and Theodotus on the Rape of Dinah
PART FOUR
JOSEPHUS
12. Josephus
13. Josephus’ Liberties in Interpreting the Bible in the Jewish War and in the Antiquities
14. Rearrangement of Pentateuchal Material in Josephus’ Antiquities, Books 1-4
15. The Influence of the Greek Tragedians on Josephus
16. Josephus’ Biblical Paraphrase as a Commentary on Contemporary Issues
17. Parallel Lives of Two Lawgivers: Josephus’ Moses and Plutarch’s Lycurgus
18. Josephus on the Spies (Numbers 13-14)
19. The Rehabilitation of Non-Jewish Leaders in Josephus’ Antiquities
20. On Professor Mark Roncace’s Portraits of Deborah and Gideon in
21. Josephus’ Portrayal (Ant. 5.136-74) of the Benjaminite Affair of the Concubine and Its Repercussions (Judg. 19-21)
22. The Importance of Jerusalem as Viewed by Josephus
23. The Concept of Exile in Josephus
24. Restoration in Josephus
PART FIVE
RABBINIC INSIGHTS
25. Rabbinic Sources for Historical Study
26. Rabbinic Insights on the Decline and Forthcoming Fall of the Roman Empire
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index of Passages from Ancient Texts
Jewish Scriptures
Apocrypha
Pseudepigrapha
Dead Sea Scrolls
New Testament
Christian Church Fathers
Hellenistic Jewish Literature: Philo, Pseudo-Philo, Josephus
Other (Alleged) Graeco-Jewish Writers
Rabbinic and Allied Literature
Classical Greek Authors
Classical Latin Authors
Near Eastern Languages
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Greek, Linear B, Phoenician, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Punic and Royal Aramaic, Hittite, Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic Words
Index of Modern Scholars

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