Judeophobia : Attitudes Toward the Jews in the Ancient World (Paperback)

Author: Schafer, Peter

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Taking a fresh look at what the Greeks and Romans thought about Jews and Judaism, Peter Schafer locates the origin of anti-Semitism in the ancient world. Judeophobia firmly establishes Hellenistic Egypt as the generating source of anti-Semitism, with roots extending back into Egypt's pre-Hellenistic history.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674487789
SKU 30379659
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674487788
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
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Annotation A scholarly account of attitudes toward Jews and Judaism in the ancient world. Schafer, a professor of Jewish studies at the Free University of Berlin, maintains that the origins of what we have come to recognize as anti-Semitism can be traced to Hellenistic Egypt, where a pattern of ingrained hostility toward alien cultures fed the widespread perception of Jews as impious, xenophobic, and misanthropic. From Egypt, this hatred of Jews was transported first to Palestine and Syria, and thence to Rome. In Rome, these attitudes mingled with the resentments of the fledgling Christian community (in which the expulsion from the synagogues was still a bitter memory) and thereby spread throughout Europe and Asia Minor.
Editors Note Taking a fresh look at what the Greeks and Romans thought about Jews and Judaism, Schafer locates the origins of anti-Semitism in the ancient world. Judeophobia firmly establishes Hellenistic Egypt as the generating source of anti-Semitism.
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Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Harvard University Press
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