Fall 2010

Jews Writing in Greek:  The Formation of Jewish Identity in the Greco-Roman World

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-42


Robert Doran (Section 01)


The second-century CE writer Numenius of Apamea said that Plato was nothing but Moses speaking Greek.  In this course we will examine the ways in which Jews living outside Judea articulated their religious traditions in the face of more dominant cultures.  We will read works by writers such as Artapanus, Eupolemus, Philo, Josephus, as well as the Wisdom of Solomon and 2 Maccabees.  We will also ask what it meant for the Hebrew Bible to be translated into Greek.

Fall semester.  Professor Doran.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010