Aristotle, the Learned Jew, and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus

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:
Aristotle, the Learned Jew, and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus

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This chapter discusses a passage of Clearchus of Soli in which he narrates a meeting and conversation between a Greek philosopher and a Jew, and tries to determine whether it is really enthusiastic toward the wisdom of the Jews, identifying the qualities the passage credits to the Jewish people. It also explains why Clearchus considered these qualities worthy of imitation and why the author credited these qualities to the Jews, trying to determine what the passage—as a whole—was intended to express.

Keywords: Clearchus of Soli; Aristotle; Jewish qualities; wisdom of Jews; Greek philosopher

Chapter.  26501 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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