Posidonius of Apamea (D)

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 (D)

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This chapter studies two very anti-Jewish passages which are linked to Posidonius, showing that they severely criticize Moses and the laws which he established for the Jews. These passages also serve as a record for the three most humiliating libels made against the Jews during the ancient world, namely the blood libel, the ass libel, and the leper libel. The first section summarizes the content of the libels as they are reported by Josephus. Next, it studies Posidonius's attitude toward the accusations and the libels, and pinpoints the original location of his Jewish excursus. The chapter then considers the contents and structure of the advice of the “friends” as stated in Diodorus and the omission of the blood libel.

Keywords: anti-Jewish passages; blood libel; ass libel; leper libel; original location; Jewish excursus; advice of friends

Chapter.  8478 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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