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Times of Transition

Times of Transition

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About the Book

This multidisciplinary study takes a fresh look at Judean history and biblical literature in the late fourth and third centuries BCE. In a major reappraisal of this era, the contributions to this volume depict it as one in which critical changes took place.

Until recently, the period from Alexander's conquest in 332 BCE to the early years of Seleucid domination following Antiochus III's conquest in 198 BCE was reputed to be poorly documented in material evidence and textual production, buttressing the view that the era from late Persian to Hasmonean times was one of seamless continuity. Biblical scholars believed that no literary activity belonged to the Hellenistic age, and archaeologists were unable to refine their understanding because of a lack of secure chronological markers. However, recent studies are revealing this period as one of major social changes and intense literary activity. Historians have shed new light on the nature of the Hellenistic empires and the relationship between the central power and local entities in ancient imperial settings, and the redating of several biblical texts to the third century BCE challenges the traditional periodization of Judean history.

Bringing together Hellenistic history, the archaeology of Judea, and biblical studies, this volume appraises the early Hellenistic period anew as a time of great transition and change and situates Judea within its broader regional and transregional imperial contexts.

About the Author:

Sylvie Honigman is Associate Professor of Ancient History at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria: Study in the Narrative of the "Letter of Aristeas."

Christophe Nihan is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Ancient Israel at the University of Lausanne. He is the coeditor of Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism.

Oded Lipschits is Professor of Jewish History and the Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. Among his many publications is the recent Ramat Raḥel IV: The Renewed Excavations by the Tel Aviv-Heidelberg Expedition (2005-2010): Stratigraphy and Architecture, also published by Eisenbrauns.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781646021147
  • Publisher: Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University
  • Publisher Imprint: Eisenbrauns
  • Height: 284 mm
  • No of Pages: 416
  • Series Title: Mosaics
  • Weight: 1596 gr
  • ISBN-10: 1646021142
  • Publisher Date: 15 Apr 2021
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 25 mm
  • Width: 224 mm

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