n HTS : Theological Studies - Heritage and Hellenism : The reinvention of Jewish tradition, E.S. Gruen : book review

Volume 62, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Extracted from text ... Gruen, E S 2002 - Heritage and Hellenism: The reinvention of Jewish tradition Publisher: University of California Press. 335 pp. Price: Unknown Reviewer: Dr M Cromhout (Johannesburg) Erich S Gruen offers a detailed an instructive overview of "Jewish"-Hellenistic literature which, in his own words "endeavours to highlight Jewish creativity, ingenuity, and inventiveness" (p xvi). This he achieves admirably while entering into extensive debate with secondary sources, as is evidenced by the footnotes. For Gruen, matters of date and provenance - although investigated - are of less importance. What is important is how these writings functioned for internal "Jewish" consumption and ..

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