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Jews, Pagans and Christians in Conflict
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Jews, Pagans and Christians in Conflict


Magnes Press 1982

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What were the political, social and intellectual relations of various religious groups on the Hellenistic and Roman world? David Rokeah suggests that they were marked by ongoing propaganda wars, and that the pagan-Jewish polemic served as the foundation of the subsequent pagan-Christian polemic. He proves that the Jews were not a party to the pagan-Christian polemic, but that the Jews’ very existence and their independent attitude towards Christianity and paganism alike, their holy writings and those of Hellenistic Jewry, all helped to shape the pagan-Christian conflict. Against a historical background, the author examines specific philosophical-theological motifs of the polemic, such as religious myth, divine providence, and the election of Israel. A wealth of material from Greek, Latin and Hebrew sources presented in a fresh English translation, so as to help the reader sense the spirit of this important age in world history.

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  • Title: Jews, Pagans and Christians in Conflict
  • Author: David Rokeah
  • Publisher: Magnes Press
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 232

About David Rokeah

David Rokeah is professor emeritus of History of the Jewish People at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include anti-Semitism, the Church Fathers and the Jews, relationships among pagans, Jews and Christians, and the Second Temple—Mishnaic and Talmudic—period. He is the author of some twenty-five books on the subject.

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