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Theodotus
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epic poet, known only through quotations of his Greek epic on the Samaritan city of Shechem (Hellenistic foundation myth, events involving Jacob, Dinah, Simeon, and Levi, circumcision, murder of the Shechemites [Gen 34]) in Alexander Polyhistor’s On the Jews, another lost work. Only six fragments (47 hexameters) of Theodotus’s work are preserved in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Praeparatio evangelica. The epic was produced in Palestine or Alexandria before the 1st century bce; its clear interest in the topic of forced conversion to Judaism suggests that it…

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Wandrey, Irina, “Theodotus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026018>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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