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Judaism & Christianity in the Worlds of Greece and Rome

Do Hanukkah and Christmas have you curious about the ancient Mediterranean contexts of Judaism and Christianity? This book list takes you across 600 years of history and cultural contact, from the conquests of Alexander in the fourth century BCE, which introduced Greek culture to the Jewish nation, a development that led to the Maccabean revolt (167-160 BCE) that Hanukkah commemorates, through the fourth century CE, when Christianity became the preeminent religion of the Roman Empire, and the date of Christmas was first set to December 25 by Bishop Julius I of Rome.

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Turning points in Jewish history

Rosenstein, Marc, 1946- author. |

First and Second Maccabees

Harrington, Daniel J. |

The Nativity : history & legend

Vermès, Géza, 1924- |

The Jewish war

Josephus, Flavius. |

The Jews against Rome

Sorek, Susan. |

Pagans and Christians

Lane Fox, Robin, 1946- |

The history of the church from Christ to Constantine

Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 260-approximately 340. |