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Bibil Identifier bibil:219002
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Yannai and Pella, Josephus and Circumcision
Author Schwartz, Daniel R.
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 18, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 339-359 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Josephus' notice that Alexander Yannai destroyed Pella because its inhabitants refused to Judaize (Ant. 13.397), which does not sit well in its context and also contradicts Josephus' reports elsewhere, seems to be based upon a Greek source. Given the fact that Greek writers about conversion to Judaism usually focused upon circumcision, failure to mention it here may indicate that Yannai did not demand it—a possibility that directs attention to the fact that Qumran texts show little interest in circumcision, apparently because they adhered to a priestly view according to which Gentiles cannot become Jews. Sadducees, such as Yannai, probably held the same view.
DOI 10.1163/156851711X602421
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Hellenistic Period (333-63) : From the 2d cent. to the Roman Dominion (200-63) : Hasmoneans : Alexander Janneus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Pella
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Circumcision
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Josephus
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