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Bibil Identifier bibil:238133
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jews in Ancient and Late Ancient Asia Minor between Acceptance and Rejection
Author Lange, Armin
Journal Journal of Ancient Judaism (Volume: 5, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 223-244 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article surveys the evidence for and history of Jews and Judaism in Asia Minor with a special focus on the denigration and persecution of Jews by pagans and Christians in Asia Minor. The article argues that Jews thrived in this part of the Roman empire from the Hellenistic period until the Arab conquest and lived both in urban and rural settings in most parts of Asia Minor. Despite their flourishing, Jews had to deal with Anti-Semitic slander, denigration, and attacks from pagans and Christians. The situation worsened with the rise of Christianity to the official religion of the Roman Empire. In the 7th cent., increased anti-Semitism led to a decline of Judaism in Asia Minor. Before this time, despite legal and other persecutions, Jews emphasized and practiced their Judaism and despite a prohibition to the contrary Jews build new synagogues even in the century before the Arab conquest. Anti-Semitism in Asia Minor would thus not have
blocked the construction of a synagogue in Limyra in this period.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Asia Minor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Anti-semitism
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