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Athens in JerusalemClassical Antiquity and Hellenism in the Making of the Modern Secular Jew$
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Yaacov Shavit

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774259

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774259.001.0001

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The Nature of the Hellenistic Mirror

The Nature of the Hellenistic Mirror

(p.281) 9 The Nature of the Hellenistic Mirror
Athens in Jerusalem

Yaacov Shavit

, Chaya Naor, Niki Werner
Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes another Jewish encounter with Greece — this time, with Alexandria. However, ‘Alexandria’ serves here as a symbol for Hellenistic culture as a whole. And this culture is the ‘second mirror’ — the Hellenistic mirror. One facet of this mirror is the similarity and disparity between Judaism and Hellenistic civilization; the other is the reflection of the encounter between these two in the modern historical consciousness; or perhaps it would be more correct to say the depiction of the way that Judaism adapted to life within the Hellenistic civilization, was influenced by it, and changed while preserving its uniqueness. The Greek mirror did not have to yield its central position when the Hellenistic mirror made its appearance. The latter only added a new dimension in examining the place of Judaism in the modern world.

Keywords:   Alexandria, Hellenistic civilization, modern historical consciousness, Judaism, Second Temple period, Alexander the Great

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