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  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295976829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295976822
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Levine (Jewish history and archaeology, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) depicts the extent of reciprocal influences of the Greek and Near Eastern cultures in Palestine and the diaspora. Basing his arguments on all available sources and re-examining previous and recent studies, Levine concludes that the process of Hellenization was a long and complex one, including aspects of Jewish life both spiritual and material. Despite the success of Hellenization in Jewish society, the traditional values of Judaism not only survived but were developed and enhanced, frequently on Greek models. Focusing on three topics?the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple period, Pharisaic-rabbinic culture, and the ancient synagogue?Levine demonstrates the interplay between foreign notions and Jewish society and explores the impact on architecture and the realm of artistic representation. The book is clearly written with a minimum of technical terms and can be recommended to academic and public libraries.?Hayim Y. Sheynin, Gratz Coll. Lib., Melrose Park, PA
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Lee I. Levine is professor of Jewish history and archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the author of The Galilee in Late Antiquity and Jerusalem: Its Sanctity and Centrality to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Grotzke on December 8, 2011
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Point: Hellenization involved much more than merely the dominance of the West over the East. It included the influence of religion, literature, philosophy, economy, social interactions, politics, and the whole of culture. Dominance can be clearly defined, whereas influence cannot. The influence of Greek thought varied from city to city, village to village, depending upon the location, size, and social make up of the community. Levine shows that the Jews had a diverse reaction to Hellenization.

Path: The author works through the general similarities between Jewish thought and Greek thought during the Second Temple era (536 b.c. to 70 a.d.), and then shows the stark contrasts.

Sources: Scholarly works primarily from the 1950's - 1990's

Agreement: The influence varied. One cannot say - "This is how it looked everywhere." Also, the Greeks were influenced by the East (Alexander marrying Persian wives).

Disagreement: Levine final chapter before his conclusion deals with the synagogue. It seems as though there was more structure than Levine allows.
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In the online preview of the Kindle edition, Chapter 1, the plural of Maccabee shows up as Maccabee's ("From Ezra to the Last of the Maccabee's," and elsewhere). Oi! Can the print edition really contain the same mistake?
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Extraordinary adventure into one of the most important periods in early Western History as written by a scholar of amazing literary breadth.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hennenberg on January 9, 2007
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This book constitutes an excellent review on the interaction between the monotheism in the Hasmonean kingdom and the hellenistic way of life which was the civilised world of that period. It focuses on the interaction between the "Palestinian " Jews and Graeco-Roman world.
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