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Jewish Studies

Avi Avidov

Not Reckoned among Nations

The Origins of the So-Called »Jewish Question« in Roman Antiquity

[Nicht zu den Heiden gerechnet. Die Ursprünge der sogenannten »Judenfrage« in der römischen Antike.]

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Avi Avidov studies the causes for the social marginality of the Jews in the Roman empire, couched in terms of a general model of social integration of multi-cultural societies.
As in the modern era, in Roman antiquity too the so-called »Jewish question« was essentially that of the integration of diaspora Jews into their host societies. Social integration varies, however, in accordance with the organizational principles upon which various societies are established. The thrust of the present study is that in order to understand the marginal position of the Jews within the Roman empire, the mechanisms governing the integration of Roman imperial society at large need first be fleshed out. A general model of social integration of multi-cultural societies is, accordingly, first presented and thereafter serves as the point of departure for an enquiry into the causes of the mal-integration of the Jews in the Roman empire.

Avi Avidov Born 1954; 1996 PhD in ancient history, University of Cambridge, U.K.; taught at the University of Haifa and Beit-Berl College, Israel; currently senior lecturer of history at School of Education, Beit-Berl College.


The following reviews are known:

In: Journal of Ancient Judaism — 2 (2011), S. 116
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — 100 (2012), S. 276–279 (Katell Berthelot)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 54 (2010), S. 186
In: Journal for the Study of Judaism — 42 (2011), S. 85–86 (Birgit van der Lans)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 73 (2011), S. 603–605 (David A. Fiensy)
In: Theologische Rundschau — 79 (2014), S. 1–34 (Michael Tilly)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 136 (2011), S. 218–234 (Catherine Hezser)
In: Journal of Jewish Studies — 62 (2011), S. 385–388 (Sean Freyne)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 33.5 (2011), S. 129 (Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer)
In: Ancient History Bulletin — 2 (2012), S. 134–137 (Benedikt Eckhardt)