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Hellenistic Civilization and the Jews Paperback – October, 1999

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"Thorough Provocative study of contacts between Hellenism and ancient civilizations of Near East." --American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature

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Victor Tcherikover was born in 1894 in St. Petersburg. He fled Russia during the revolution and eventually went to Berlin, where he taught until 1925, when he left for Palestine. He was one of the first teachers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson; 1st edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565634764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565634763
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mens Sana on March 8, 2004
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The persecution of Jewish religion by Antiochus IV Epiphanes has puzzled historians for many years, because the Syrians were generally very tolerant of other religions, as long as taxes were paid. So why did Antiochus outlaw the Jewish religion and profane the Temple? Some writers just gave up and characterized Antiochus as "mad." Tcherikover offers the first completely plausible explanation I've seen: the Jewish Hellenists (the Ahmed Chalabi's of their time) in Jerusalem suckered Antiochus into supporting their power grab. When the larger Jewish population refused to acquiesce, Antiochus, who had bought the Hellenist line, thought he was being rebelled against. As a result, he attempted to wipe out the enemies of the Jewish Hellenists. Thus, years of war and the "abomination that makes desolate." (The "abomination" is also a sore-thumb clue that the Book of Daniel was written in this period.)
Tcherikover was one of the first historians to find the beginnings of the Hasidim in the period of the Hasmonaean revolt, and to trace the Hasidic party as it developed into the party of the Pharisees, which in turn formed the basis for the Rabbinate.
So far, the only other title I've seen comparable to the Tcherikover is Emil Schürer's multi-volume, time-payment plan "History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ" (Geza Vermes' New English Edition). If you're on a tight budget, this is the one to buy.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Morrow on May 19, 2000
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Tcherikover introduces a new approach to the concept of "Hellenization" in the eastern lands of the Mediterranean world by approaching the topic from the historical situation prominent both in Syria and Egypt. Unlike other historians who deal with the pan-Hellenic campaigns of Alexander and the extensive results that Hellenism had in the Levantine countries of Syro-Palestine, Tcherikover introduces the concept of "dualism" that was a major factor in the relationship between the Greek elements and the ancient oriental elements. This provides a valuable perspective when considering the extent of Greek influence on Syria-Palestine during the Hellenistic Age. In light of the historical evidence, Hellenism encountered difficulty "taking root" in Syria-Palestine, and in some respects the Greeks were influenced more by oriental culture. This was due in large part to the establishment of cleruchies (katoikiai) or agricultural communities, inhabited with recruits from the army (p.20). Says Tcherikover, "The fate of the military settlers in Egypt demonstrated decisively that the oriental village was not only uninfluenced by the people of Greek culture . . . but possessed the power of fusing the stranger with itself . . . " (21).
Tcherikover provides many important considerations as a means for understanding the ineffectiveness of Greek culture in Syria-Palestine. First, one must understand that the initial "bearers" of Greek civilization were not the "standard-bearers" of Greek cultural expression; neither were they its patrons. Rather, they were soldiers who became farmers and merchants (115).
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A classic, written to be studied by all those who care about the co-relation between the Hellenic civilization and the Jewish world.

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