Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 8 pm via Zoom
The conquests of Alexander the Great brought Hellenism to the entire Near East in the late 4th century B.C.E. No Jewish community reflects the symbiosis of Hellenism and Judaism better than the large and thriving community of Egypt, especially in Alexandria.
Members of this Alexandria community used a Greek translation of the Bible, built synagogues (called proseuche in Greek) dedicated to the Ptolemy kings and queens, wrote Jewish literature in Greek, and were fully integrated into the society and the economy. In one case, they even constructed a temple in Egypt (to rival the one in Jerusalem).
Gary Rendsburg is the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History at Rutgers University
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 8 pm via Zoom
Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Aftermath of Vesuvius
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