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By Menahem Stern

A complete corpus of texts when it comes to Jews and Judaism by means of the Greek and Latin authors of Antiquity. the gathering furnishes worthwhile resource fabric at the position of Jews and Judaism within the Mediterranean global throughout the upward thrust and unfold of Hellenism, concluding with options of Judaism held by means of the Neoplatonist philosophers. The writings of every writer are observed through an creation, a severe equipment, an English translation and a close statement during which the resources are tested within the context of the most recent scholarship and archaeological findings.

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Norden in Germany, and later a lecturer in Latin literature on the Hebrew collage of Jerusalem, 1 2 three four 1. See F . C . Meier, Judaica fragmenta, 2 . See J. Gill, Notices quity, seu veterum scriptorum profanorum de rebus Judaicis Jena 1832. of the Jews and their state by means of the vintage Writers of Anti­ L o n d o n 1872; Schiirer, H I , p . a hundred and fifty, n . l . three. See H . Willrich, Berliner four . See Juster, I, p p . 31 f. philologische Wochenschrift, 1895, p p . 987 flf. Lewy used to be deeply imbued with wisdom of old literature, inspiration and faith. His major fields of analysis have been JewishHellenistic literature and the non secular syncretism of the Roman Empire. As one of those initial paintings, he released articles in German (on Hecataeus), in English (on Clearchus) and in Hebrew (on Cicero, Tacitus and Julian). Lewy's premature demise avoided him from happening with the undertaking. He left notes in his inner most reproduction of Reinach, in addition to a set of fabric and German translations of a few of the texts. those have been all positioned at my disposal in 1959 through Professor Gershom Scholem, Lewy's buddy and now President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and arts. i've got labored at the precept that the current corpus of GraecoLatin fragments on Jews and Judaism may still comprise all references to those topics in historical pagan literature, in addition to all passages on the subject of the rustic of Judaea. This, after all, increases the query which quarter of Palestine should be denned as Judaea, simply because barriers replaced over the process time. i've got more often than not elected passages which consult with or have been written at a time while a selected a part of the rustic used to be governed or inhabited ordinarily via Jews. i've got additionally incorporated texts pertaining to Jewish members lively in a non-Jewish environ­ ment and fragments in terms of Samaritans. i've got excluded a few texts integrated by way of Reinach, while the relationship with Jews and Judaism looked as if it would me hugely unbelievable (e. g. Choirilus, Thrasyllus). I additionally vary from Reinach in that i have never separated Latin and Greek authors, yet have a chrono­ logical order. first and foremost of every fragment i've got given the identify of the editor of 1 of the most severe versions, the place the reader may perhaps locate info at the manuscript culture including the major to the sigla. during this first quantity, which covers authors from Herodotus to Plutarch, i've got endeavoured to take into account scholarly paintings released through 1971, and just some of the paintings which seemed in 1972, because the ebook went to press in that yr. the second one quantity will comprise writings from Tacitus to later Antiquity. five five. A n e w papyrus (P. Oxy. , X L I , N o . 2944) constitutes a story o f a judgement (quoted via Philiscus of Miletus, a student o f Isocrates) w h i c h is the same w i t h that o f S o l o m o n (I ok i n g s i i i : sixteen ff. ). it may be n o t e d , even if, that neither S o l o m o n n o r the Jews are m e n t i o n e d i n this papyrus. My thank you are as a result of Professors G. Scholem and Ch. Wirszubski, who prompt that I adopt the paintings; to my buddies Professor A.

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