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Unformatted text preview: Influence of Hellenism: 1. Background- Jews cannot agree on a leader and family feuds breakout leading to Romes takeover- a Hebraic-Jewish religious tradition within the culture and language of Hellenism- cultural standoff between the Jewish and Greek cultures- general deterioration in relations between Hellenized Jews and religious Jews- Main issue separating the Hellenistic and orthodox Jews was the application of biblical laws in a Hellenistic (melting pot ) culture- Power was the cause of strife not cultural assimilation 2. Septuagint- major literary product of the contact of Judaism and Hellenistic culture- Greek Version of Hebrew Bible- Created by 70 individual Hebrew Scribes- LXX- Held with great respect and widely used- Many Jews could not speak Hebrew at this time so it was easier to translate it to Greek- Outside of Israel the Jews saw the Septuagint (Torah) as a legal constitution and as a history of their people 3. Cultural Impact- Customs of Judaism that struck urban Hellenistic society as atavistic or exotic, such...
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- Fall '08