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The Jews of Egypt : from Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian

Author: Joseph Modrzejewski; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st English edView all editions and formats
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Professor Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski, a papyrologist as well as a historian, uses the clear light of scientific analysis to illuminate the reality underlying our image of the past. The biblical account and Jewish and pagan literary texts are juxtaposed with the discoveries of a century of archaeological and papyrological research that unearthed the edicts of emperors as well as the humble correspondence of common  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ramses, King of Egypt.; Hadrian, Emperor of Rome; Hadrian, Emperor of Rome; Ramses, King of Egypt.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Modrzejewski; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0827605226 9780827605220
OCLC Number: 32237439
Description: xxii, 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / Shaye J.D. Cohen --
1. Biblical Egypt. Joseph and His Brothers. Moses and the Pharaoh. The Desert Road --
2. The Stronghold of Elephantine. A Judean Colony in Egypt. Mibtahiah and Her Husbands: A Family of Note during the Reign of Artaxerxes I. "God of Heaven" and God of the Floods --
3. Alexandrian Judaism and Its Problems. Alexander and the Jews. Can One Be Both Jewish and Greek? A Love Story --
4. A New Diaspora. Among the "Hellenes" Soldiers of the Ptolemies. "God the Most High" and "Splendor of Israel" --
5. A Law for the Jews of Egypt. The Greek Torah and the Demotic Case Book. The Law of Moses and the Justice of the King. "The Law of the Land Is Law" --
6. A Jewish Temple in Ptolemaic Egypt. The Echoes of the Maccabean Crisis. "An Altar of the Lord in the Midst of the Land of Egypt" Images of the "Land of Onias" --
7. At the Wellsprings of Pagan Anti-Semitism. Modern Fantasies and Ancient Myths. The Miracle at the Hippodrome. "They Loathe the Jews" --
8. The "Jewish Question" in Alexandria. The Decline. The Vile Deeds of Flaccus the Prefect. Jews, Alexandrians, and Claudius the Emperor --
9. The Time of Misfortunes. The Service Record of a Brilliant Alexandrian. A Miracle in Rome. "A Spirit of Rebellion" --
10. The Remembrance. Who Destroyed the Great Synagogue of Alexandria? "Jewish Tax," "Jewish Accounts": The Tale of the Imperial Tax Records. A Day of Rejoicings in Oxyrhynchos.
Other Titles: Juifs d'Égypte.
Responsibility: Joseph Mélèze Modrzejewski ; translated by Robert Cornman ; with a forword by Shaye J.D. Cohen.
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Professor Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski, a papyrologist as well as a historian, uses the clear light of scientific analysis to illuminate the reality underlying our image of the past. The biblical account and Jewish and pagan literary texts are juxtaposed with the discoveries of a century of archaeological and papyrological research that unearthed the edicts of emperors as well as the humble correspondence of common people, inscriptions on shells in Aramaic and on tombstones in Greek. The author comments when necessary but, for the most part, lets the documents speak for themselves. In a tantalizing epilogue, Modrzejewski takes a long, probing, and provocative look at a turning point in Western civilization: the brief but crucial episode when budding Christianity and the Alexandrian Jews parted company.

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