Ulrich Dahmen, Johannes Schnocks (Ed.)
Juda und Jerusalem in der Seleukidenzeit
Herrschaft – Widerstand – Identität. Festschrift für Heinz-Josef Fabry
1. Edition 2010
Bonn University Press at V&R unipress
Bonner Biblische Beiträge -
The Battle of Panium (Banias) in 200 BC and the ultimate establishment of Seleucid rule under Antioch III. in Syrio-Palestine marks the beginning of a transitional epoch that is characterized by the increasingly manifest rise of Rome to a great power, gathering momentum up until the capture of Jerusalem in 63 BC by Pompeius.
For Jerusalem and Judea this was a period of Hasmonean rule and, viewed from the outside, a phase of (relative) autonomy. This contested regime, how it ensued from the Maccabean battles, and its antecedent history at the end of the 3rd century BC, played a decisive role for the various struggles over the potentials and limits of Jewish identity in the face of hellenization. These struggles found expression not only socially in the formation of different groups, but also in literature.
Against this historical background, the contributions to this anthology examine the development of Judaism in the Hebrew Bible, the size and substance of which became increasingly stable in this period, in the Septuagint, large parts of which were produced at this time, and in the Dead Sea Scrolls.