By Molly Whittaker
The purpose of this e-book is to offer entry to assets which illustrate Graeco-Roman perspectives on Jews and Christians from 2 hundred BC to advert two hundred. Passages variety from longer extracts written by means of historians to brief incidental references by way of disparate authors which throw gentle on attitudes in the direction of ideals and social customs. The pagan non secular historical past, particularly the secret religions, is additionally defined and illustrated by way of chosen passages, in order that the reader can have a few proposal of the overall non secular weather in this interval. each citation is prefixed through a short biography of the writer and all passages were translated into English, with explanatory remark while important. Connecting essays act as summaries and concentration the eye on crucial matters. those, including a chronological chart and maps may still allow a pupil coming clean to the topic, with no earlier really expert wisdom, to work out the interval in old standpoint.
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At assemblies and other gatherings, according to our author, he publishes the commands and on this point the Jews are so compliant that they immediately fall to the ground and make obeisance to the high priest who gives the exposition. At the end of the laws there is written in addition ' Moses having heard these words of God speaks them to the people'. 2 The lawgiver made provision for military matters too and enforced training for the young men in courage and hardiness and endurance in general of any distress.
In his time a storm of divine wrath broke over us, I know not why. Unexpectedly an obscure people from the East2 boldly marched against the land and easily conquered it without a fight. They overpowered its rulers,2 then ruthlessly burnt the cities and destroyed the temples of the gods. All the natives they treated most cruelly, slaughtering the men and enslaving their wives and children. Finally they made king one of themselves called Salatis. He lived in Memphis, exacting tribute from both Upper and Lower Egypt.
There is a smallish extent of shore and yet it has not been exhausted by extraction. 1. cities: there had been five according to Gen. 14:2, thirteen according to Strabo 16, p. 764. firefrom heaven: cp. Gen. 19:24: 'and then the LORD rained down fire and brimstone from the skies on Sodom and Gomorrah. ' 3. Belus: Tacitus refers to the river, also called Naman, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea in northwest Judaea, near Ptolemais. Two rivers, Arnon and Zered, flow into the Dead Sea. ^ A large part ofJudaea is peopled by scattered villages; they have towns too.