Ancient Jewish Social Relations

Seth Schwartz

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Ancient Jewish Social Relations

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This article discusses the social history of the Jews. It determines the extent Jewish communities possessed an inner-Jewish social structure and looks at the social ties that existed between the local communities. Some notable Jewish historians like Martin Goodman and Ed P. Sanders provide some important insights into the social relations of the Jews. The article also looks at the extent Jews were socially integrated into their different environments. The history and geography of the Jews, along with the different social problems that they faced, are discussed.

Keywords: social history; Jews; communities; social structure; social ties; Martin Goodman; Ed P. Sanders; social relations; social problems

Article.  8387 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Ancient Roman History

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