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Jerusalem as "Mother-City" in the writings of Philo of Alexandria

Pearce, Sarah (2004) Jerusalem as "Mother-City" in the writings of Philo of Alexandria In, Barclay, John M.G. (eds.) Negotiating Diaspora: Jewish Strategies in the Roman Empire. New York, US, T. & T. Clark International pp. 19-37. (Library of Second Temple Studies, 45).

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The study of the ancient Jewish Diaspora is developing in exciting new directions on the basis of fresh archaeological material and new frameworks of interpretation. The six studies collected in this volume have been composed by an international group of scholars at the forefront of Diaspora studies and explore key features of the cultural dynamics of the Jewish Diaspora. Studies on Jews in Rome (Margaret Williams) and Alexandria (Sarah Pearce) examine the dialectic of local and translocal identities, including a new theory on Jewish sabbath-fasting in Rome. Through careful analysis of inscriptions in the Balkans (Alexander Panayotov) and Asia Minor (Paul Trebilco), the often ambiguous expression of Diaspora Jews is examined; the Balkan material is here presented for the first time in the English language. Two essays on the historian Josephus (by James S. McLaren and John M.G. Barclay) examine his crafted reconstructions of Judean history, and indicate his 'subaltern' tactics, deploying the tools of the 'colonial' culture for the advantage of his own. The introduction relates these studies to the broader field of 'Diaspora studies' in current cultural anthropology. Together, they take the reader to the cutting-edge of Diaspora scholarship, and suggest new avenues for research. This is volume 45 in the Library of Second Temple Studies (formerly the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement Series).

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Published date: November 2004


Local EPrints ID: 48284
ISBN: 0567082946
PURE UUID: 6cca068d-915e-4133-b53d-673f83ceaa55

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Date deposited: 11 Sep 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:00

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Author: Sarah Pearce
Editor: John M.G. Barclay

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