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Invention of JudaismTorah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul$
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John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001

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The Law in the Diaspora

The Law in the Diaspora

(p.134) Chapter 7 The Law in the Diaspora
Invention of Judaism

John J. Collins

University of California Press

Much of the literature of the Greek-speaking Diaspora summarizes the Law in terms of its ethical teaching, emphasizing monotheism and sexual matters and passing over ritual requirements or interpreting them allegorically. Such practices as Sabbath observance and circumcision were widely observed, but the Law was not reducible to a code of rules. The Law of Moses does not appear to have served as the legal basis for Jewish communities. Both the possibility and the difficulty of conversion to Judaism are illustrated in the story of Joseph and Aseneth

Keywords:   Common ethic, politeuma, Heracleopolis papyri, politikos nomos, conversion, Joseph and Aseneth

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