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The Diachronic Libels and Accusations (B)

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/9780520253360.003.0008
The Diachronic Libels and Accusations (B)

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This chapter introduces the blood libel, a term that usually means a slander concerning any kind of ritual murder, and is concerned with the Hellenistic blood libel accused by Antiochus Epiphanes against the Jews. Most of the present knowledge on blood libel is due to Josephus, who reported the combined version of the libel that featured in Apion's work and even provided arguments in an effort to counter the charge. The chapter aims to recreate the contents of the libel, identify the original sources, and outline its development during the chaotic changes in relations between the Jews and their environment.

Keywords: blood libel; ritual murder; slander; Antiochus Epiphanes; Josephus; changes in relations

Chapter.  13669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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