Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, initially released in German among 1874 and 1909 and in English among 1885 and 1891, is a serious presentation of Jewish heritage, associations, and literature from one hundred seventy five B.C. to A.D. a hundred thirty five. It has rendered precious companies to students for almost a century.
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For an entire number of Imperial legislative texts, with Hebrew creation and statement, see now A. Linder, Roman Imperial laws at the Jews (1983). IV. non secular lifestyles The Jews, although scattered in the course of the historic global, maintained their non secular identification for the main half with amazing tenacity. there have been in fact circumstances of defection to paganism or syncretism. If in Jerusalem itself on the time of Antiochus Epiphanes a few circles have been able to participate in pagan cults, it's scarcely fabulous that at Oropus in Greece within the first half the 3rd century a Jew freed a slave 'having noticeable a dream, on the orders of the god Amphiaraos and Hygieia' (p. sixty five above); or that during lasus in Caria, for instance, one Niketas from Jerusalem used to be a customer of the competition of Dionysus (p. 25 above). within the Roman interval, additionally, the instance of Tiberius lulius Alexander was once now not special (if 01 TTOTC '/ouScuoi on an inscription from Smyrna (p. 20 above) capability 'the former Jews'; A. T. Kraabel, JJS 33 (1982), p. 455, asserts that it potential 'people previously of Judaea'). Examples of syncretistic attitudes also are attested, specifically in Egypt. A awesome instance is the Hellenistic Jewish writer Artapanus, from whom a few fragments were preserved (see pp. 521-5 below). He inspiration to reinforce the attractiveness of Judaism by way of representing the patriarchs and Moses not just as creators of all of the global civilizations, yet as founders of the Egyptian polytheistic cults, as he understood them. within the temple of Pan at Apollonopolis Magna (Edfu in top Egypt) are inscriptions within which Jews exhibit gratitude for a rescue they've got skilled to 'the god' (the expression isn't any doubt intentionally unspecific). 1 Such strains of syncretism despite the fact that by no means got an analogous quantity or value as with different religions of the East. most commonly, the resistant angle of Judaism within the face of different religions remained a continuous attribute. consistent touch with Greek tradition may admittedly now not stay with out impact at the inner improvement of Judaism within the Diaspora. quite in areas the place the Jews, via wealth and social prestige, have been able to utilize the tutorial technique of their time—as used to be especially the case in Alexandria (see esp. E. G. Turner in JRS forty four (1954), pp. fifty four ff. )—Judaism struck out in a path considerably diverse from that of Palestinian Judaism. The expert Jew of the Diaspora was once not just a Jew yet whilst a Greek via language, schooling and customs, and he was once forced through the strength of conditions to aim to reconcile and unite Judaism and Hellenism. i. C1J II, nos. 1537-8 (CPJ III, pp. 165-6). For the texts see p. fifty eight above. IV. non secular existence 139 Such exterior affects are truly proven for example within the use of pagan motifs in epitaphs, and particularly of illustration in paintings, extending when it comes to the Dura-Europos synagogue to narrative frescoes of outdated testomony scenes (see vol. I, p. 556, n. 192). there's additionally scattered proof of Jews attending public exhibits in Greek towns (pp.