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Judeophobia: Attitudes Toward the Jews in the Ancient World

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Taking a fresh look at what the Greeks and Romans thought about Jews and Judaism, Peter Schäfer locates the origin of anti-Semitism in the ancient world. Judeophobia firmly establishes Hellenistic Egypt as the generating source of anti-Semitism, with roots extending back into Egypt's pre-Hellenistic history.

A pattern of ingrained hostility toward an alien culture emerges when Schäfer surveys an illuminating spectrum of comments on Jews and their religion in Greek and Roman writings, focusing on the topics that most interested the pagan classical world: the exodus or, as it was widely interpreted, expulsion from Egypt; the nature of the Jewish god; food restrictions, in particular abstinence from pork; laws relating to the sabbath; the practice of circumcision; and Jewish proselytism. He then probes key incidents, two fierce outbursts of hostility in Egypt: the destruction of a Jewish temple in Elephantine in 410 B.C.E. and the riots in Alexandria in 38 C.E. Asking what fueled these attacks on Jewish communities, the author discovers deep-seated ethnic resentments. It was from Egypt that hatred of Jews, based on allegations of impiety, xenophobia, and misanthropy, was transported first to Syria-Palestine and then to Rome, where it acquired a new element: fear of this small but distinctive community. To the hatred and fear, ingredients of Christian theology were soon added--a mix all too familiar in Western history.

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where it acquired a new element: fear of this small but distinctive community. To the hatred and fear, ingredients of Christian theology were soon added--a mix all too familiar in Western history.

About the Author

Peter Schäfer is University Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Institut für Judaistik, Freie Universität Berlin.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Who Are the Jews?

Expulsion from Egypt

The Jewish God

Abstinence from Pork

Sabbath

Circumcision

Proselytism

Two Key Historical Incidents

Elephantine

Alexandria

Centers of Conflict

Egypt

Syria-Palestine

Rome

Anti-Semitism

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674487789
Author:
Schafer, Peter
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
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Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Jewish - Ancient
Subject:
Classical literature
Subject:
Civilization, greco-roman
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient/General
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
105-552
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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