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This paper presents the study of 265 names from the first generations of Judean exiles found in documents from Babylonia dated from 572 to 477 B. C. E. Many of these exiles resided in Āl-Yāhūdu and its vicinity. The names were first analyzed based on their theophoric elements, most common roots...
The Letter of Aristeas has long been considered the work most emblematic, elucidatory and declarative of Jewish identity in Hellenistic Egypt. The work embraces emphatically Jewish content alongside a profound identification with Hellenistic concepts, ideas and frameworks. This complexity has...
The relationship between Simon II (220–c. 195 B. C. E.) and Ben Sira bears much upon the context and dating of the Book of Ben Sira. The setting of patronage and reciprocity in the Mediterranean world raises problems with the common interpretation of Sir 50:1–24 as a eulogy for Simon II. The...
Two trends in recent scholarship provide a new set of lenses that enable contemporary readers to appreciate more fully the contents and genre of Psalms of Solomon. On the one hand, scholars such as Richard Horsley, Anathea Portier-Young, and Adela Yarbro Collins have now explored the ways in...
The Talmudic laws of handling objects on the Sabbath (referred to usually as muqṣe) relate to one’s mental state towards given objects as a criterion for determining the permissibility of handling them. Examination of the Mishnah and Tosefta in relation to the Talmuds reveals that this approach...
This article introduces a recent contribution to the study of ethnicity from the social sciences that provides needed systemization to the study of Jewishness in antiquity. Current scholarship on Jewishness has no instrument by which to relate the construction of Jewish identity to macro-level...
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