the book can be recommended to first-year students and ancient historians as a first step towards learning Hebrew, studying the texts themselves, and engaging in a more serious study of ancient Jewish history and literature. Catherine Hezser, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies A small masterpiece of breadth, concision and clarity; it is one of those select books which every library should have, and which a great many individual readers will want to buy for themselves. William Horbury, Journal of Jewish Studies
About the Author
was Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; 1958-64, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, The Queen's College, Oxford, 1964-76; Professor of Ancient History, University College London, 1976-84;
Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford, 1984-2002; Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, 2002-4; and Sather Professor of Classical Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2002-3Eyal Ben-Eliyahu
is Ph.D in Jewish History in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He teaches Jewish History and Jewish studies at the Hebrew University and Haifa University.Yehudah Cohn
has received his D. Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) in 2007, where he was supervised by Professor Martin Goodman. A revised version of his doctoral dissertation was published in 2008 by Brown Judaic Studies, under the title Tangled Up in Text: Tefillin and the Ancient World
. Dr. Cohn was born and raised in London, and had earlier graduated from London Business School. He began his studies in Oxford after a business career trading commodities in New York.