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The Image of the Jews in Greek LiteratureThe Hellenistic Period$
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Bezalel Bar-Kochva

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253360

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253360.001.0001

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Aristotle, the Learned Jew, and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus

Aristotle, the Learned Jew, and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus

(p.40) 2 Aristotle, the Learned Jew, and the Indian Kalanoi in Clearchus
The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

University of California Press

This chapter discusses a passage of Clearchus of Soli in which he narrates a meeting and conversation between a Greek philosopher and a Jew, and tries to determine whether it is really enthusiastic toward the wisdom of the Jews, identifying the qualities the passage credits to the Jewish people. It also explains why Clearchus considered these qualities worthy of imitation and why the author credited these qualities to the Jews, trying to determine what the passage—as a whole—was intended to express.

Keywords:   Clearchus of Soli, Aristotle, Jewish qualities, wisdom of Jews, Greek philosopher

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