Emperor Julian’s Jewish Gambit
This chapter situates the book within scholarly discourse about the place of Jews in the late antique Roman Empire, a topic of interest to both historians of Jewish and Roman history. The book investigates how the emperor Julian (361–63 c.e.) uses Jews as ethnic Judeans in his hellenizing project to define Hellenic identity and to disqualify and delegitimize Christian ethnic claims. It concludes by summing up the main takeaways of the book for Jewish, Christian, and Roman historians of late antiquity.
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