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Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and a senior research fellow at St Cross College, Oxford.

Better than the Greeks

Martin Goodman, 30 January 1992

As The Cambridge History of Judaism crawls ponderously towards the end of its huge task of charting the history of Judaism from 539 BC to circa AD 250, it continues to raise many questions. On a practical level the reader is left wondering about the wisdom of embarking on ambitious projects of this kind, in which the open-mindedness of the editors, commendable in other contexts, leaves unresolved such dramatic divergences between the different chapters that even the most intelligent neophyte will be left flummoxed. At a deeper level the Cambridge History brings to the surface interesting dilemmas about the best way to tackle the history of Judaism and the Jews.

Rome versus Jerusalem

Glen Bowersock, 22 February 2007

One of the most famous questions in the vast literature of the Fathers of the Early Christian Church is Tertullian’s ‘What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?’ The fusion of Greek...

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