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Between Cooperation and Hostility: Multiple Identities in Ancient Judaism and the Interaction with Foreign Powers
Albertz, Rainer and Jakob Wöhrle, editors

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013 pp. 280. €89.99

Series Information
Journal of Ancient Judaism. Supplements, 11


Description: The question of why the cooperation of Jews with the Persian and Ptolemaic empires achieved some success and why it failed with regard to the Seleucids and the Romans, even turning into military hostility against them, has not been sufficiently answered. The present volume intends to show, from the perspectives of Hebrew Bible, Judaic, and Ancient History Studies, that the contrasting Jewish attitudes towards foreign powers were not only dependent on specific political circumstances. They were also interrelated with the emergence of multiple early Jewish identities, which all found a basis in the Torah, the prophets, or the psalms.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Michael L. Satlow
Published 2/9/2014
Citation: Michael L. Satlow, review of Rainer Albertz and Jakob Wöhrle, eds., Between Cooperation and Hostility: Multiple Identities in Ancient Judaism and the Interaction with Foreign Powers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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