A history of the Jewish people from the conquest of Palestine by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.E. to the revolt of the Maccabees. Bickerman discusses Jewish economic, religious, intellectual, and social life, and the relations between the Jewish community and the Hellenistic rulers and colonizers of Palestine.
Elias Bickerman was Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University and Research Fellow at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
PART 1: BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER 1. Alexander and Jerusalem 2. Alexander and Samaria 3. The Greeks Discover the Jews 4. The Jews Discover the Greeks 5. Jerusalem and Judea 6. The Law of the Jews 7. The Jewish Periphery 8. The Dispersion 9. Aramaic Literature PART 2: THE THIRD CENTURY 10. Ptolemaic Palestine 11. The Dispersion under the Ptolemaic 12. The Eastern Dispersion 13. The Greek Torah 14. The End of the Kingdom of the South 15. The Kingdom of the North PART 3: PERMANENCE AND INNOVATION 16. The Temple 17. Priests and Levites 18. Economic Life 19. Scribes and Sages 20. The Midrash 21. The New Jurisprudence 22. New Literature 23. New Values in the Dispersion 24. Old and New in Religion 25. Faith and History 26. A retrospect Bibliographical Note Bibliography Index