Israel from the Rise of Hellenisim TO 70 <span class="smallCaps">ce</span>

Lester L. Grabbe

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Israel from the Rise of Hellenisim TO 70 ce

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This chapter discusses Israel in the Second Temple period. The Hellenistic and Roman periods belong to what is often referred to as the Second Temple period, a self-contained historical era marked off by the Exile at one end and the fall of Jerusalem in 70 ce at the other. The Jews of the Second Temple period neither inhabited the world of the Israelite and Judean monarchies nor practiced the religion of the rabbis. The Second Temple period began with the Persian empire (c.539-331 bce), which ended with the conquest of Alexander. The Ptolemaic period, Hasmonaean period, the Roman conquest and the reign of Herod the Great, and the 1st century ce are discussed.

Keywords: Jews; Judaism; Second Temple period; Hellenistic period; Ptolemaic period; Hasmonaean period; Herod

Chapter.  7765 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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