Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE)
Grabbe, Lester L. and Oded Lipschits, editors
New York: T&T Clark, 2011 pp. xviii + 317. $140.00
Library of Second Temple Studies, 75
Description: Judah Between East and West is a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field, presenting the main findings of a recent conference of British and Israeli scholars at held at Tel Aviv University. The contributions focus on the period of transition between Persian and Greek rule of Judah, ca. 400-200 BCE, though some of the essays are extended outside these time limits. The volume aims to explore this period in all its complexity, as far as the limitations of a single publication allows! Subjects covered include the archaeology of Maresha/Marisa, Jewish identity, Hellenization/Hellenism, Ptolemaic administration in Judah, biblical and Jewish literature of the early Greek period, the size and status of Jerusalem, the Samaritans in the transition period, and Greek foundations in Palestine.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism
Review by Joshua Schwartz
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Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Lester L. Grabbe and Oded Lipschits, eds., Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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