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The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520253360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253360.001.0001
The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

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This contribution to ongoing debates about perceptions of the Jews in antiquity examines the attitudes of Greek writers of the Hellenistic period toward the Jewish people. Among the leading Greek intellectuals who devoted special attention to the Jews were Theophrastus (the successor of Aristotle), Hecataeus of Abdera (the father of “scientific” ethnography), and Apollonius Molon (probably the greatest rhetorician of the Hellenistic world). The author examines the references of these writers and others to the Jews in light of their literary output and personal background; their religious, social, and political views; their literary and stylistic methods; ethnographic stereotypes current at the time; and more.

Keywords: Jews; antiquity; Greek writers; Hellenistic period; Theophrastus; Aristotle; Hecataeus of Abdera; scientific ethnography; Apollonius Molon

Book.  632 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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