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Abraham In Hellenistic-Jewish Context

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This chapter defines Hellenistic Judaism as it existed in the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural encounter of the two cultures. It presents how the encounter contributed to a shift in ancestral Jewish practices and faith. The chapter focuses on Abraham as an ancestor within the world of Hellenistic Judaism. It examines the basis on which Abraham, an ancestor of a despised people, became a spiritual ancestor of all nations. The chapter provides a brief, postcolonial reading of Josephus, followed by a comparison of Aeneas and Abraham. Hellenistic-Judaism was a blending of cultural and religious elements at various points in the life of both Palestinian and Diaspora Judaism. Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher of the first centuries B.C.E. and C.E. His portrayal of Abraham as an ancestor greatly sheds light on how people thought of Abraham in the midst of Greeks, Romans, and Jews.

Keywords: Abraham; Aeneas; Greeks; Hellenistic Judaism; Jews; Josephus; Philo; Romans



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