New Book on Jews in the Graeco-Roman Period

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Perusing the current Mohr Siebeck catalogue, I’ve just noticed that our own Dr. Margaret Williams has a new book out (she’s too modest to have mentioned it):  Jews in a Graeco-Roman Environment (Tuebingen:  Mohr Siebeck, 2013; ISBN 978-3-16-151901-7).

This is mainly a collection of essay-length studies previously published in a variety of journals and multi-author works, most of them based on epigraphical evidence and dealing with the Jewish Diaspora in the Graeco-Roman period.  The essays include discussions of the Jewish community in Rome (history, burial practices, organisation), other Jewish settlements in the Roman world (including Aphrodisias, Corycus and Venusia), Jewish naming practices (including use of alternate names, the formation of fesetal names, and the increasing preference in Late Antiquity for Hebrew names).

In a framing introductory essay, Dr. Williams engages the reception of these studies among scholars, and she notes any changes in the evidence arising from re-editing of inscriptions.

We’re pleased to have Dr. Williams as a member of CSCO, and I congratulate her on this new publication of a body of her scholarly work.

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