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Theophrastus on Jewish Sacrificial Practices and the Jews as a Community of Philosophers

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

in The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

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/9780520253360.003.0002
Theophrastus on Jewish Sacrificial Practices and the Jews as a Community of Philosophers

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This chapter studies Theoprastus, the first of four Greek authors during the early Hellenistic period to write about the Jews, and is concerned with his views on Jewish sacrificial practices and the Jewish philosopher community. Theoprastus's thoughts on these two topics are featured in a passage in his work, the Peri eusebeias. The chapter also studies his anthropological theory and his reference to the Jews during his explanation of the development of human dietary and sacrificial habits.

Keywords: Theoprastus; sacrificial practices; philosopher community; Peri eusebeias; anthropological theory; human dietary habits; sacrificial habits

Chapter.  13717 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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