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Author Feldman, Louis H
Title Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World : Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1993
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Note Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- CHAPTER 1: Contacts between Jews and Non-Jews in the Land of Israel -- CHAPTER 2: The Strength of Judaism in the Diaspora -- CHAPTER 3: Official Anti-Jewish Bigotry: The Responses of Governments to the Jews -- CHAPTER 4: Popular Prejudice against Jews -- CHAPTER 5: Prejudice against Jews among Ancient Intellectuals -- CHAPTER 6: The Attractions of the Jews: Their Antiquity -- CHAPTER 7: The Attractions of the Jews: The Cardinal Virtues -- CHAPTER 8: The Attractions of the Jews: The Ideal Leader, Moses -- CHAPTER 9: The Success of Proselytism by Jews in the Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods -- CHAPTER 10: The Success of Jews in Winning "Sympathizers" -- CHAPTER 11: Proselytism by Jews in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Centuries -- CHAPTER 12: Conclusion -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Indexes
Relations between Jews and non-Jews in the Hellenistic-Roman period were marked by suspicion and hate, maintain most studies of that topic. But if such conjectures are true, asks Louis Feldman, how did Jews succeed in winning so many adherents, whether full-fledged proselytes or "sympathizers" who adopted one or more Jewish practices? Systematically evaluating attitudes toward Jews from the time of Alexander the Great to the fifth century A.D., Feldman finds that Judaism elicited strongly positive and not merely unfavorable responses from the non-Jewish population. Jews were a vigorous presence in the ancient world, and Judaism was strengthened substantially by the development of the Talmud. Although Jews in the Diaspora were deeply Hellenized, those who remained in Israel were able to resist the cultural inroads of Hellenism and even to initiate intellectual counterattacks. Feldman draws on a wide variety of material, from Philo, Josephus, and other Graeco-Jewish writers through the Apocrypha, the Pseudepigrapha, the Church Councils, Church Fathers, and imperial decrees to Talmudic and Midrashic writings and inscriptions and papyri. What emerges is a rich description of a long era to which conceptions of Jewish history as uninterrupted weakness and suffering do not apply
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Feldman, Louis H. Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World : Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian Princeton : Princeton University Press,c1993 9780691029276
Subject Judaism -- Relations.;Jews -- Public opinion -- History.;Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D.;Jews -- History -- 70-638.;Antisemitism -- History.;Judaism -- Controversial literature -- History and criticism.;Proselytizing -- Judaism -- History
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Alt Author Feldman, Louis H. H
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