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12 PREFACE considered the Hellenistic Jewish literature and philosophy from a standpoint of rabbinical tradi-tion. In taking up this position I differ from most of those who have treated of this epoch. They have been chiefly interested in the relation to Christian-ity, and have taken as the criterion of value the ap-proximation of the teaching which finally broke away from Judaism. Even Moritz Friedlaender, who has dealt with the subject in a number of books, professedly from a Jewish point of view, fixes his eyes on the Christian Church as the end of Hel-lenistic Judaism, and eulogizes the divergences from the rabbinical tradition with an ecstasy of which only a faithful convert is capable. It is a common-place with this school to contrast the broad uni-versalism of Hellenistic Judaism with the narrow legalism of the Pharisees which eventually pre-vailed in Palestine. Their view does not corn” mend itself to me. The fusion at which the uni-versalists were aiming was not with the clear Hel-lenic reason, but with a lower amalgam of Greek and Oriental ideas which tended to debase Jewish monotheism. Nor was it the ethical teaching of Christianity which came from a Hellenistic devel-opment, but its dogmatic and gnostic elements. The preservation of historic Judaism was the lode-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageContentsPREFACEINTRODUCTIONTHE HELLENISTIC CULTUREHELLENISM IN PALESTINE TILL THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLEHELLENISM IN THE DIASPORATHE HELLENISTIC-JEWISH LITERATURETHE RABBIS AND HELLENISMTHE AFTERMATHCONCLUSIONNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX
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