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by Erich S. Gruen

eBook Diaspora: Jews amidst Greeks and Romans epub
  • ISBN: 0674016068
  • Author: Erich S. Gruen
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 25, 2004)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • ePUB size: 1763 kb
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Erich Gruen's book on the Diaspora offers a major new reinterpretation of the Jewish experiences from Alexander the Great to the Jewish rebellion of 66 CE. Historically, both Othodox and Zionist Jews view the diaspora as a curse, whose denizens are perenially threatened by anti-Semitism.

Erich Gruen's book on the Diaspora offers a major new reinterpretation of the Jewish experiences from Alexander the Great to the Jewish rebellion of 66 CE. Gruen argues a rather different case.

Gruen's innovative analysis of the historical and literary record alters our understanding of the way this vibrant minority culture . Библиографические данные. Diaspora: Jews Amidst Greeks and Romans. Издание: исправленное.

Gruen's innovative analysis of the historical and literary record alters our understanding of the way this vibrant minority culture engaged with the dominant Classical civilization. Harvard University Press, 2009.

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Erich Gruen reaches often surprising conclusions. By the first century of our era, Jews living abroad far outnumbered those living in Palestine and had done so for generations.

After a brief preface, the introduction makes two programmatic observations: (1) Diaspora Jews seem to have preferred to live in the Diaspora rather than Palestine; (2) Diaspora Jews never developed a "philosophy of diaspora" to justify or explain life in the Diaspora. Chapter 1, "The Jews in Rome," argues that Roman policy toward Jews was characterized primarily by indifference.

oceedings{Gruen2002DiasporaJA, title {Diaspora: Jews Amidst Greeks and Romans}, author {Erich S. . Gruen}, year {2002} }. Erich S. Gruen. Introduction Part I: Jewish Life in the Diaspora 1. The Jews in Rome 2. The Jews in Alexandria 3. Jews in the Province of Asia 4. Civic and Sacral Institutions in the Diaspora Part II: Jewish Constructs of Diaspora Life 5. Diaspora Humor I: Historical Fiction 6. Diaspora Humor II: Biblical Recreations 7. Jewish Constructs of Greeks and Hellenism 8. Diaspora and Homeland.

What was life like for Jews settled throughout the Mediterranean world of Classical antiquity--and what place did Jewish communities have in the diverse civilization dominated by Greeks and Romans? In a probing account of the Jewish diaspora in the four centuries from Alexander the Great's conquest of the Near East to the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 C.E., Erich Gruen reaches often surprising conclusions.

By the first century of our era, Jews living abroad far outnumbered those living in Palestine and had done so for generations. Substantial Jewish communities were found throughout the Greek mainland and Aegean islands, Asia Minor, the Tigris-Euphrates valley, Egypt, and Italy. Focusing especially on Alexandria, Greek cities in Asia Minor, and Rome, Gruen explores the lives of these Jews: the obstacles they encountered, the institutions they established, and their strategies for adjustment. He also delves into Jewish writing in this period, teasing out how Jews in the diaspora saw themselves. There emerges a picture of a Jewish minority that was at home in Greco-Roman cities: subject to only sporadic harassment; its intellectuals immersed in Greco-Roman culture while refashioning it for their own purposes; exhibiting little sign of insecurity in an alien society; and demonstrating both a respect for the Holy Land and a commitment to the local community and Gentile government. Gruen's innovative analysis of the historical and literary record alters our understanding of the way this vibrant minority culture engaged with the dominant Classical civilization.

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