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The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad

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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107669291

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  • This is an accessible and up-to-date account of the Jews during the millennium following Alexander the Great's conquest of the East. Unusually, it acknowledges the problems involved in constructing a narrative from fragmentary yet complex evidence and is, implicitly, an exploration of how this might be accomplished. Moreover, unlike most other introductions to the subject, it concentrates primarily on the people rather than issues of theology and adopts a resolutely unsentimental approach to the subject. Professor Schwartz particularly demonstrates the importance of studying Jewish history, texts and artefacts to the broader community of ancient historians because of what they can contribute to wider themes such as Roman imperialism. The book serves as an excellent introduction for students and scholars of Jewish history and of ancient history.

    • Accessible, up-to-date narrative of Jewish history from 330 BCE to 638 CE ideal for history-oriented courses
    • Pays special attention to the Jews' role in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world and Near East
    • Brings to the fore the problems inherent in trying to write the history of the Jews in antiquity
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    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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    "This is a fine book. It gives a clear story, one that is well-founded; and it introduces readers both to the ancient sources and to modern ones, including very recent, scholarly literature."
    Daniel R. Schwartz, Scripta Classica Israelica

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107669291
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 145 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Beginnings to 200 BCE
    2. Maccabean revolt and Hasmonean dynasty
    3. Herod to Florus
    4. The Jewish revolts, 66–135 CE
    5. Jews in the high Roman Empire
    6. Jews under Christian rule
    7. Jews in the ancient world
    Bibliographical essay.

  • Author

    Seth Schwartz, Columbia University, New York
    Seth Schwartz is the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization and Professor of History and of Classics at Columbia University. He is the author of Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 BCE to 640 CE (2001), which received the National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the Koret Book Award, and Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism (2010).

    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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