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The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature: The Hellenistic Period

Bezalel Bar-Kochva


This contribution to ongoing debates about perceptions of the Jews in antiquity examines the attitudes of Greek writers of the Hellenistic period toward the Jewish people. Among the leading Greek intellectuals who devoted special attention to the Jews were Theophrastus (the successor of Aristotle), Hecataeus of Abdera (the father of “scientific” ethnography), and Apollonius Molon (probably the greatest rhetorician of the Hellenistic world). The author examines the references of these writers and others to the Jews in light of their literary output and personal background; their religious, soci ... More

Keywords: Jews, antiquity, Greek writers, Hellenistic period, Theophrastus, Aristotle, Hecataeus of Abdera, scientific ethnography, Apollonius Molon

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253360
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bezalel Bar-Kochva, author

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