Introducing the Special Issue* Lutz Doering (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and Sandra Gambetti (The College of Staten Island – CUNY) “Jews and Drama” – this special issue of the Journal of Ancient Judaism con- tains both essays addressing ancient Jewish attitudes to the theatre and those looking at the engagement of Jews with drama and performativity in ancient literary works. This collection of essays has its origins in a session of the Hel - lenistic Judaism program unit at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Bibli- cal Literature (SBL) in San Diego in November 2014; this session was entitled “Jews on the Stage / Jews and the Stage.” Following the fruitful discussion at San Diego we, as the chairs of the Hellenistic Judaism program unit at the SBL Annual Meeting, have also invited other scholars to contribute additional es- says to this issue. We are grateful to the editors of the journal for giving us the opportunity to guest-edit this collection of essays. e Th atrical performance, a landmark of Athenian contribution to cultural history, since its heyday in the early fifth century B. C. E., defined the polis perhaps more than any other cultural form. Yet, throughout the
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