Jews in a Graeco-Roman World
This is a collection of studies of the social, cultural, and religious history of the Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Some of the 16 contributors are ... Show synopsis This is a collection of studies of the social, cultural, and religious history of the Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Some of the 16 contributors are specialists in Jewish history, others in classics. They tackle, from different angles, the extent to which Jews in this period differed from other peoples in the Mediterranean region, and how much Jewish evidence can be used for the history of the wider classical world. The authors make extensive use not only of types of evidence familiar to classicists, such as inscriptions and the writing of Josephus, but also Jewish religious literature, including rabbinic texts. The various studies demonstrate that, although Jews lived to some extent apart from others and with distinctive customs, in many ways this showed the cultural presuppositions and preoccupations of their gentile contemporaries. The book aims to encourage wider use of the Jewish evidence by classicists.