A Dose of Emptiness: An Annotated Translation of the sTong by Jose Ingacio Cabezon

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Someone who writes and publishes sentences like these in Berlin in 1935, surrounded by Nazis, is a man whose courage should not be underestimated (neither should that of his publisher, Schocken Verlag). One can only surmise that Lewy’s motives for translating Philo’s treatises in Germany in the Hitler period were more or less the same as Philo’s own for writing them (cf. p. die zeitlose Wirkung des Werkes, dessen Eindruck sich gerade geschichtsnahe Perioden wie die unsrige nicht entziehen können”).

See Tcherikover 1959:515-516 note 90. Bowman & Rathbone 1992:114 argue that there may have been a sort of numerus clausus of citizens. 49 Barclay 1996:69. 50 Pace Gruen 2002:75-76. 48 24 introduction clear that (1) there were Jews with full citizenship in Alexandria, (2) these had not abandoned their traditional Jewish faith, and (3) for that very reason they were hated by the Greeks, because citizenship normally involved participation in religious activities, in civic cults, and this was forbidden to the Jews as being idolatrous.

Barclay 1996:71. Tcherikover 1963:20. introduction 25 degree of sympathy for Judaism on the part of several pagan writers, it is also undeniable that in the same period other pagan writers demonstrate a strong animosity towards the Jews. 55 Let me begin by giving a striking example of this phenomenon. Some 70 years after the pogrom, in the first decade of the 2nd century CE, the famous Roman historian Tacitus, who has the reputation of being well-informed, writes the following about the Jewish people (Hist.

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