It was long believed that Roman Jews lived in complete isolation. This book offers a refutation of this thesis. It focuses on the Jewish community in third and fourth-century Rome, and in particular on how this community related to the larger, non-Jewish world that surrounded it. Jewish archaeological remains and Jewish funerary inscriptions from Rome are examined from various angles, and compared to pagan and early Christian material and epigraphical remains. The author has shown great comprehensiveness, thoroughness, and accuracy in examining this epigraphic evidence. He also discusses the enigmatic legal treatise called the Collatio. This volume proposes a new way in which the relationship between Jews and non-Jews in late antiquity can be studied. As such, it is an important and useful addition to the literature on Roman Jewry in the middle Empire.
Leonard Victor Rutgers, Ph.D. (1993) in Philosophy, Duke University, is Research Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences at the University of Utrecht. Among his numerous publications are
The Hidden Heritage of Diaspora Judaism (1998) and
Subterranean Rome. In Search of the Roots of Christianity in the Catacombs of the Eternal City (2000).
Winner of the 1996 Keetje Hodshon Prize, awarded by the Dutch Society of Sciences. From reviews of the hardcover edition: '
It is truly a tour de force...Rutgers deserves the highest praise for his comprehensiveness, thoroughness, and accuracy in examining the epigraphic evidence. His work marks a tremendous advance over that of Leon.' Louis H. Feldman,
The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1996. '
A richly complex and fascinating book.' Nicholas de Lange,
Bulletin of Judaeo-Greek Studies, 1996.
All those of graduate level and above interested in Jewish and Early Christian archaeology, Jewish history, the history of Late Antiquity, Church historians, epigraphers, and Roman legal historians.