Posidonius of Apamea (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:
Posidonius of Apamea (B)

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This chapter outlines the source, meaning, and purpose of Strabo's account of the origins of the Jewish people, first studying the content of the excursus, including its text and its prominent features in its presentation of Mosaic Judaism. It presents the parallels of the excursus in Hellenistic, Greek, and Latin literature, and studies their connection both with the account of Hecataeus and the account of Posidonius. This is followed by an evaluation of the four or five possibilities that are offered regarding the identity of the intermediate source of the excursus. The chapter ends with a discussion of Posidonius's views of Mosaic Judaism.

Keywords: Mosaic Judaism; excursus; prominent features; Posidonius; Hecataeus; intermediate source

Chapter.  22677 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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