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Jews and Judaism

Sandra Gambetti

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0028
Jews and Judaism

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The Jewish experience in the Greco-Roman period embraces geographically the region of the Mediterranean basin and encompasses the experience of Jews living both in and outside Palestine, while it covers chronologically the period from Alexander the Great’s conquest to the last centuries of the Roman Empire. The expression “Hellenistic Judaism” refers to the encounter between the Jewish and the Greek cultures in the broadest sense; the expression “Second Temple Judaism” refers to development of Judaism during the existence of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. This entry does not cover the following topics: biblical and pre-Hellenistic Judaism, early Christianity, Babylonian Judaism, and rabbinic Judaism.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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