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Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora: From Alexander to Trajan (323 BCE-117 CE) Paperback – February 15, 1999


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520218434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520218437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barclay's study corrects the traditional oversight that would equate early Judaism with Palestinian Judaism. This highly readable introduction . . . brings together material that is otherwise available only in regional studies or highly technical works. Barclay strikes a rare balance between local conditions and broad issues, and between supporting detail and coherent argument. It is hard to imagine how the chronic need for a synthesis of the Mediterranean Diaspora might have been better satisfied."—Steve Mason, Pennsylvania State University

"The book reflects the best of contemporary scholarship and is likely to become an indispensable source of information and reflection on the problems Jews encountered with living in a frequently hostile environment."—A. P. Hayman, Edinburgh University

"This is a superb book which has lifted our discussion of Jews in the Diaspora to a new plane. Since understanding the Diaspora is vital to comprehending a good deal about early Christianity, Barclay has also made a significant contribution to this latter field of investigation."—Paul Trebilco, University of Otago

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"Barclay's study corrects the traditional oversight that would equate early Judaism with Palestinian Judaism. This highly readable introduction . . . brings together material that is otherwise available only in regional studies or highly technical works. Barclay strikes a rare balance between local conditions and broad issues, and between supporting detail and coherent argument. It is hard to imagine how the chronic need for a synthesis of the Mediterranean Diaspora might have been better satisfied." (Steve Mason, Pennsylvania State University)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Dougal on January 4, 2003
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Although the title of this book is more like a subtitle and thus is not catchy or memorable, 'Jews of the Mediterranean Diaspora etc.', deserves to be widely read and studied by anyone interested in the development of Judaism and early Christianity. John Barclay is consistently even-handed and fairminded in his considerations of literary and archaeological evidence from the Greco-Roman period, describing a vivid picture of the diversity and unity of Jewish communities in Alexandria, Rome, Cyrene, Anatolia and Syria, as well as the shifting fortunes of these communities under the various regimes. A great deal of the pseudepigraphic literature is examined in detail. The chapter on Paul as a Jew in a Hellenistic society, though short, is more enlightening than several books. Barclay's assessments of, and disagreements with, other scholars work are such that scholarly writing could acquire a good reputation if others would emulate them. The style is as accessible as it is informative. Now I wish Mr. Barclay or someone like him would write similar books on the Pre-Exilic, Exilic, and Persian periods. I can dream, can't I?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tfruman on February 16, 2013
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I have not finished my review of the material but I have found this incredibly useful so far, especially with the cross references and appendices. Barclay does a splendid job of defnining the Jews in the Diaspora, providing context and understanding of a very complex time and culture.
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This book is awesome. This was one of the first scholarly books that I have read on the topic of early 2nd Temple Judaism as concerns social assimilation. Barclay goes into much detail about the assimilation of Jews in Hellenistic societies throughout the Diaspora examining language, education, religion, philosophy, and also to what various extents Jews were socially integrated in Graeco-Roman societies.
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