Academic journal article Shofar

Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, by Louis H. Feldman

Academic journal article Shofar

Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, by Louis H. Feldman

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Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, by Louis H. Feldman

Louis H. Feldman is Professor of Classics at Yeshiva University in New York. These 23 essays, written over the span of over 40 years, represent the most important statements of Feldman on relations between Jews and non-Jews in the Greco-Roman period (ca. 300 B.C.E.-300 C.E.) in the following special areas: 1) Josephus; 2) Judaism and Christianity; 3) Latin literature and the Jews; 4) the Romans in rabbinic literature; 5) various studies in Hellenistic Judaism. In addition there is a bibliography of "Josephus' Portrayal of the Hasmoneans as Compared with 1 Maccabees." A remarkable and extremely useful series of indices (pp. 608-677) closes out the volume. The indices include the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, intertestamental literature including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Koran, rabbinic literature, Hellenistic Jewish writers like Philo and Josephus, Christian writers, Greek and Latin authors, etc. This feature alone is a treasure trove of information.

Feldman is perhaps best known for his writings about Josephus, and nearly half of the printed essays -- 11 in all -- concern the Jewish historian of the first century C.E. In a lengthy introduction to this collection Feldman addresses anew the question of Josephus' credibility as an historian offering new insights that lead him to conclude: "Indeed, I have come more and more to respect Josephus, not as a person perhaps and certainly not as a participant in the political issues of his time, but nonetheless as an historian" (p. …

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