Agatharchides of Cnidus On the Sabbath as a Superstition

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:
Agatharchides of Cnidus On the Sabbath as a Superstition

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This chapter takes a look at Agatharchides of Cnidus, who provides some insight into another field of Alexandrian scholarship, and pinpoints his references to the Jews, which are located in two fragments concerned with the occupation of Jerusalem by Ptolemy I during the battle of Ipsus. It begins with a discussion of Agatharchides' works and his social and humanitarian positions, and then analyzes the two fragments written by Agatharchides on the Jews, which are also the oldest references to the Sabbath that are preserved in Greek literature. Finally, the chapter discusses Agatharchides' attitude towards the Sabbath and the Jews.

Keywords: Agatharchides of Cnidus; Alexandrian scholarship; social positions; humanitarian positions; Sabbath

Chapter.  13065 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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