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Becoming diaspora Jews : behind the story of Elephantine

Author: Karel van der Toorn
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019 ©2019
Series: The anchor Yale bible reference library
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells the story of the earliest Jewish diaspora in Egypt in a way it has never been told before. The colony that lived at Elephantine Island in the fifth century BCE is an icon of the Jewish diaspora, but there is something unusual about it. These people had abandoned Hebrew for Aramaic and venerated several Aramean gods beside the ancestral Jewish god. Karel van der Toorn studies an unexplored papyrus to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karel van der Toorn
ISBN: 0300243510 9780300243512
OCLC Number: 1122800989
Description: xi, 270 pages ; 25 cm
Series Title: The anchor Yale bible reference library
Responsibility: Karel van der Toorn.

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This book tells the story of the earliest Jewish diaspora in Egypt in a way it has never been told before. The colony that lived at Elephantine Island in the fifth century BCE is an icon of the Jewish diaspora, but there is something unusual about it. These people had abandoned Hebrew for Aramaic and venerated several Aramean gods beside the ancestral Jewish god. Karel van der Toorn studies an unexplored papyrus to shed new light on their history.

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"In this major contribution, Karel van der Toorn offers a brilliant analysis of the military colony of Elephantine and its integration into a 'Jewish nation.' This book offers a new translation and Read more...

 
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