The Jews Among the Greeks and...

The book is a study of the contribution of the Jews to the modern civilization. The Romans and Greeks were originators of a great many elements of our civilization, but the Jews' impact was no less real or lasting. There was a time when Greek and Roman and Jew were in free contact. The results of this contact the author skillfully explores.

INTRODUCTION 17 gathered into a single book by M. Théodore Reinach, under the title of Textes d’auteurs grecs et latins relat-ifs au judaisme. Here the Greek and Latin texts and the French translation of them are arranged in paral-lel columns, and furnished with explanatory footnotes. M. Reinach’s great distinction as a classical scholar enables him to speak with authority upon many of the controverted questions that these texts contain. Often his judgment as to what certain passages mean may be unquestioningly accepted, and at all times one dis-agrees with him with diffidence. Secondly, we have the Jewish literature of the peri-od; but that literature was produced under such vari-ous conditions and with such diverse purposes that a further classification is necessary. Most important for our purposes is that part of Jew-ish literature which was a direct outcome of the con-tact we are setting forth— the apologetic writings of the Jews, or those books written in Greek, only rarely in Latin, in which Jewish customs and history are ex-plained or defended for non- Jewish readers. Most of these books likewise have been lost, and have left only inconsiderable fragments, but in the case of two writ-ers we have very extensive remains. One of these men is the Alexandrian Jew Philo, a contemporary of the first Roman emperors. The other was the Palestinian Jew Joseph, who played an important, if ignoble, part in the rebellion of 68 C. E. An estimate of the character of Philo and Josephus— to give the latter the name by which alone he is remem-   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

The Jews Among the Greeks and Romans


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FRONT MATTERThe Arch of TitusTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PagePREFACECONTENTSILLUSTRATIONSINTRODUCTIONI. GREEK RELIGIOUS CONCEPTSII. ROMAN RELIGIOUS CONCEPTSIII. GREEK AND ROMAN CONCEPTS OF RACEIV. SKETCH OF JEWISH HISTORY BETWEEN NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND CONSTANTINEV. INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE JEWS DURING THE PERSIAN PERIODVI. THE FIRST CONTACT BETWEEN GREEK AND JEWVII. EGYPTVIII. JEWS IN PTOLEMAIC EGYPTIX. THE STRUGGLE AGAINST GREEK CULTURE IN PALESTINEX. ANTIOCHUS THE MANIFEST GODXI. THE JEWISH PROPAGANDAXII. THE OPPOSITIONXIII. THE OPPOSITION IN ITS SOCIAL ASPECTXIV. THE PHILOSOPHIC OPPOSITIONXV. THE ROMANSXVI. JEWS IN ROME DURING THE EARLY EMPIREXVII. THE JEWS OF THE EMPIRE TILL THE REVOLTXVIII. THE REVOLT OF 68 C. E.XIX. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROMAN JEWISH COMMUNITYXX. THE FINAL REVOLTS OF THE JEWSXXI. THE LEGAL POSITION OF THE JEWS IN THE LATER EMPIRESUMMARYNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX
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