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Sunday, November 10 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Constructing Diaspora Identity in the Second Temple Period

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It is often assumed that Diaspora Jewish identity emerged only after the Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. However, a wide-spread Jewish Diaspora existed for centuries during the Second Temple period. How did those Diaspora Jews view themselves vis-à-vis the Homeland, the Jewish-Hasmonean state and the Temple with which they co-existed? Did they see themselves as “second-class Jews” or did they construct their own unique Jewish identity? Furthermore, is Diaspora defined geographically, or could there be a Diaspora identity within “the Land”? These questions will be discussed through an examination of a variety of Second Temple period texts, including the books of the Maccabees and other Apocryphal books, and Hellenistic Jewish authors, primarily Flavius Josephus.

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Nadav Sharon

Nadav Sharon holds a PhD in the history of the Jewish people in the Second Temple period (Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 2013). His research and publications focus on issues such as Jewish-non-Jewish relations, Second Temple period biblical interpretation and rewriting, and literary... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST