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Pagan Philosophers on Judaism in Ancient Times
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Within the ancient world, lyric and epic poets were the first to comment on Judea, the Jews, and Judaism, 1 and their comments greatly influenced later Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman views of the Jewish people and their religion. The earliest reference to Palestine in Greek literature is from the writings of the poet Alcaeus (end of the seventh century b.c.e.), who mention…

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Berchman, Robert, “Pagan Philosophers on Judaism in Ancient Times”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0138>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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