First Jewish Military Units in Ptolemaic Egypt

First Jewish Military Units in Ptolemaic Egypt FIRST JEWISH MILITARY UNITS IN PTOLEMAIC EGYPT * BY A. KASHER Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv In the Persian period, it is well accepted that Jews served in military units of their own, a statement which is mainly proved in the papyri of Elephantine. However, some scholars have under- estimated the military talent of Jews in later times, claiming that only after proving themselves in the Hasmonaean revolt, did the Jews win some appreciation which allowed them to serve in Hel- lenistic armies I). Such a statement is quite puzzling when taking into account the simple fact that the first Hellenistic rulers, actually, inherited many of the state orders which were prevailing in the days of their Persian predecessors. Probably they avoided making extreme changes, at least in the first generations. Furthermore, it is sufficient to bear in mind the evidence of Hekataios from Abdera (ap. Diodorus Siculus XL, 3) in order to reject the above mentioned opinion. Nobody doubts any more the information which is pre- served in Ps. Aristeas 13 (cf. Jos., Ant. XII, 8; c. Ap. II, 44) about the settling of captive Jews in Egyptian fortresses by Ptolemy I 2). The epigraphic and papyrological findings prove http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of Judaism Brill

First Jewish Military Units in Ptolemaic Egypt

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/first-jewish-military-units-in-ptolemaic-egypt-FeDuikuitE
Publisher
BRILL
Copyright
© 1978 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0047-2212
eISSN
1570-0631
D.O.I.
10.1163/157006378X00030
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

FIRST JEWISH MILITARY UNITS IN PTOLEMAIC EGYPT * BY A. KASHER Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv In the Persian period, it is well accepted that Jews served in military units of their own, a statement which is mainly proved in the papyri of Elephantine. However, some scholars have under- estimated the military talent of Jews in later times, claiming that only after proving themselves in the Hasmonaean revolt, did the Jews win some appreciation which allowed them to serve in Hel- lenistic armies I). Such a statement is quite puzzling when taking into account the simple fact that the first Hellenistic rulers, actually, inherited many of the state orders which were prevailing in the days of their Persian predecessors. Probably they avoided making extreme changes, at least in the first generations. Furthermore, it is sufficient to bear in mind the evidence of Hekataios from Abdera (ap. Diodorus Siculus XL, 3) in order to reject the above mentioned opinion. Nobody doubts any more the information which is pre- served in Ps. Aristeas 13 (cf. Jos., Ant. XII, 8; c. Ap. II, 44) about the settling of captive Jews in Egyptian fortresses by Ptolemy I 2). The epigraphic and papyrological findings prove

Journal

Journal for the Study of JudaismBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1978

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off