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Between Athens and Jerusalem : Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora :  Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora - John J. Collins

Between Athens and Jerusalem : Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora

Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora

Paperback Published: October 1999
ISBN: 9780802843722
Number Of Pages: 344

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One of the most creative and consequential collisions in Western culture involved the encounter of Judaism with Hellenism. In his widely acclaimed study of the intellectual and moral relationship between "Athens and Jerusalem", John J. Collins examines the literature of Hellenistic Judaism, treating not only the introductory questions of date, authorship, and provenance, but also the larger question of Jewish identity in the Greco-Roman world. First published in 1984, Between Athens and Jerusalem is now fully revised and updated to take into account the best of recent scholarship.

David E. Aune in"The Catholic Biblical Quarterly" "A remarkable book. . . Collins has provided us with an exceptionally well-crafted discussion of the variety of religious self-definitions that characterized Egyptian diaspora Judaism.""Journal of Biblical Literature" "This important work is fresh and suggestive. . . An impressive display of insight and careful scholarship. . . Exemplary in both its design and its execution.""Religious Studies Review" "As an introduction and an exegetical tool, this book is indispensable for study of the ancient literature and especially of the fragmentary material. It provides us with an innovative perspective on Jewish religion, theology, and culture in the Greco-Roman period.""Choice" "This book should be in libraries of all colleges and universities where the Bible, ancient Israel, Christian origins, formative Judaism, or classical culture are taught to upper-level undergraduates.""Society for Old Testament Study Booklist" "This is a very useful and reliable introduction to those Second Temple Jewish writings in Greek. . . All students of Second Temple Judaism and related areas will be pleased to have an updated edition in a handy and affordable form."Martin Goodman in"Journal of Jewish Studies" "Scholars and students who have benefited immensely from this work will. . . be delighted to see it re-emerge in a second edition. . . Collins's mastery of the range of material treated in this book is awesome, and his close engagement with these Diaspora texts and their cultural meaning is a model for all. Minor Diaspora authors who have long been neglected, or even generally unknown, are here again brought to the attention of the scholarly world in a way that should ensure their recognition in future debates about Second Temple Judaism. . . Students and scholars will be immensely grateful for this guide, which will play a central role in future discussion of the Diaspora."" David E. Aune in"The Catholic Biblical Quarterly" "A remarkable book. . . Collins has provided us with an exceptionally well-crafted discussion of the variety of religious self-definitions that characterized Egyptian diaspora Judaism.""Journal of Biblical Literature" "This important work is fresh and suggestive. . . An impressive display of insight and careful scholarship. . . Exemplary in both its design and its execution.""Religious Studies Review" "As an introduction and an exegetical tool, this book is indispensable for study of the ancient literature and especially of the fragmentary material. It provides us with an innovative perspective on Jewish religion, theology, and culture in the Greco-Roman period.""Choice" "This book should be in libraries of all colleges and universities where the Bible, ancient Israel, Christian origins, formative Judaism, or classical culture are taught to upper-level undergraduates.""Society for Old Testament Study Booklist" "This is a very useful and reliable introduction to those Second Temple Jewish writings in Greek. . . All students of Second Temple Judaism and related areas will be pleased to have an updated edition in a handy and affordable form."Martin Goodman in"Journal of Jewish Studies" "Scholars and students who have benefited immensely from this work will. . . be delighted to see it re-emerge in a second edition. . . Collins's mastery of the range of material treated in this book is awesome, and his close engagement with these Diaspora texts and their cultural meaning is a model for all. Minor Diaspora authors who have long been neglected, or even generally unknown, are here again brought to the attention of the scholarly world in a way that should ensure their recognition in future debates about Second Temple Judaism. . . Students and scholars will be immensely grateful for this guide, which will play a central role in future discussion of the Diaspora.""

Prefacep. xii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The Diaspora Settingp. 3
Gentile Perceptions of Judaismp. 6
Jewish Apologeticsp. 14
Hellenistic Judaism and Judeap. 16
The Constraints of the Traditionp. 19
Relations with the Gentile Environmentp. 24
Prospectp. 25
National and Political Identity
The Uses of the Pastp. 29
The Faithful Chroniclersp. 33
Demetriusp. 33
The Followers of Demetriusp. 35
History and Romancep. 37
Artapanusp. 37
Eupolemusp. 46
Pseudo-Eupolemus?p. 47
Thallus and Cleodemusp. 51
Pseudo-Hecataeusp. 52
The Epic Poetsp. 54
Philop. 54
Theodotusp. 57
Jewish Historiography in the First Century C.E.p. 60
Conclusionp. 62
Religion and Politics: The Ptolemaic Erap. 64
The History of the Jews in Ptolemaic Egyptp. 64
Onias and Leontopolisp. 69
The Background of Oniasp. 73
The Tale of the Tobiadsp. 74
2 Maccabees and the Oniadsp. 77
2 Maccabees and the Diasporap. 78
The Third Sibylp. 83
The Content of Sibylline Oracle 3p. 87
The Seventh Kingp. 88
The Analogy with the Persian Periodp. 91
The King from the Sunp. 92
Jerusalem and the Gentile Kingsp. 95
A Ptolemaic Messiahp. 95
The Provenance of Sibylline Oracle 3p. 96
The Letter of Aristeasp. 97
Joseph and Asenethp. 103
Greek Estherp. 110
Religion and Politics: The Roman Periodp. 113
The Status of the Jews in Roman Egyptp. 113
The Third Book of Maccabeesp. 122
Philo's Politicsp. 131
The Events of 66-73 C.E.p. 138
The Background of the Great Revoltp. 140
The Fifth Sibylp. 143
The Later Sibyllinesp. 150
Conclusionp. 151
Identity Through Ethics and Piety
The Common Ethicp. 155
Judaism according to Hecataeusp. 155
The Basis for a Common Ethicp. 157
The Sibylline Oraclesp. 160
The Third Sibylp. 160
Sibylline Oracle 5p. 165
Sibylline Oracle 4p. 166
The Sibylline Fragmentsp. 167
Pseudo-Phocylidesp. 168
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchsp. 174
The Testaments and the Covenant Formp. 177
The Content of the Exhortationsp. 179
Homiletic Material in the Testamentsp. 179
The Ethic of the Testamentsp. 183
The Role of the Synagoguep. 184
Philosophical Judaismp. 186
Aristobulusp. 186
Poetic Forgeriesp. 190
Pseudo-Aristeasp. 191
The Wisdom of Solomonp. 195
Fourth Maccabeesp. 202
The Mysteries of Godp. 210
Mystic Judaismp. 210
A Mystic Ritual?p. 211
Mystic Philosophyp. 214
Esotericismp. 217
Heavenly Revelationsp. 219
The Pseudo-Orphic Fragmentsp. 219
Ezekiel the Tragedianp. 224
Joseph and Asenethp. 230
Ritual Elements in Joseph and Aseneth?p. 232
Group Membershipp. 234
The Episode of the Honeycombp. 235
The Representative Roles of Joseph and Asenethp. 236
A Corpus Permixtump. 237
Lack of Sectarian Characterp. 238
The Prayer of Josephp. 239
The Testament of Jobp. 240
The Struggle with Satanp. 242
The Confrontation with the Friendsp. 243
The Role of the Womenp. 244
The Religion of the Testament of Jobp. 245
The Books of Adam and Evep. 246
The Testament of Abrahamp. 248
The Perspective on Deathp. 250
The View of Judaismp. 251
2 Enochp. 252
The Hortatory Messagep. 253
3 Baruchp. 255
The Attitude toward Jerusalemp. 257
A System of Individual Rewardsp. 258
Conclusionp. 259
Jews and Gentilesp. 261
A Jewish Mission?p. 262
The "God-fearers"p. 264
The Function of the Literaturep. 270
Conclusionp. 273
Bibliographyp. 276
Indexes
Subjectsp. 303
Modern Authorsp. 307
Ancient Literaturep. 315
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ISBN: 9780802843722
ISBN-10: 0802843727
Series: Biblical Resource
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: October 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition