Becoming Diaspora Jews: Behind the Story of Elephantine
Becoming Diaspora Jews: Behind the Story of Elephantine  -     By: Karel van der Toorn
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Yale University Press / 2019 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.125 (inches)
ISBN: 0300243510
ISBN-13: 9780300243512
Series: Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

Publisher's Description

This book tells the story of the earliest Jewish diaspora in Egypt in a way it has never been told before. The colony that lived at Elephantine Island in the fifth century BCE is an icon of the Jewish diaspora, but there is something unusual about it. These people had abandoned Hebrew for Aramaic and venerated several Aramean gods beside the ancestral Jewish god. Karel van der Toorn studies an unexplored papyrus to shed new light on their history.

Author Bio

Karel van der Toorn is professor of religion and society at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of the prize-winning Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible, among other publications.

Editorial Reviews

"In this erudite work, the Jewish community at Elephantine becomes a case study for a wide palette of issues, ranging from the emergence of Judaism to the negotiation of cultural boundaries."—Ronald Hendel, author of How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?
 

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