Classics and Religious Studies


Date of this Version

January 1999


Published in Bible Review XV (1999), pp. 14, 54. Copyright © 1999 Biblical Archaelogy Society. Used by permission.


In the last 50 years, our knowledge of the “classical” period in Judea has been growing by leaps and bounds. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archaeological treasures has provided fresh insight into this era of Greek and Roman domination. As a companion volume to A History of Ancient Israel by John Hayes and J. Maxwell Miller (Philadelphia/London: Westminster/SCM, 1986), this book begins where the former volume left off, with Alexander the Great’s conquest of the ancient Near East in 333/332 B.C.E. It concludes two hundred years later with the Jewish defeat in the Second Revolt against Rome (132–135 C.E.) led by Bar Kochba. Authors John Hayes, of Emory University, and Sara Mandell, of the University of South Florida, are to be congratulated for synthesizing the newest material in a user-friendly format.

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