Biblical Bibliographies
Charles Conroy [www.cjconroy.net]



The Hellenistic Period in Israel: Historical Studies



[see also:  Histories of ancient Israel and The Persian period]


The bibliography is divided into two sections as follows:

I.    The Hellenistic period in Israel: historical and archaeological studies

Abadie, P., "Écrire l'histoire judéenne aux périodes perse et grecque: un défi identitaire", RechScRel 103 (2015) 69-86.

Adams, S. L., Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2014).

Atkinson, K., A History of the Hasmonean State: Josephus and Beyond (Jewish and Christian Texts, 23; London & New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016).

Avi-Yonah, M. – S. Safrai – Z. Safrai, Understanding the Maccabean Revolt, 167 BCE to 63 BCE: An Introductory Atlas (Jerusalem: Carta, 2016).

Babota, V., The Institution of the Hasmonean High Priesthood (JSJSup 165; Leiden: Brill, 2014).

Balandier, C., La défense de la Syrie-Palestine des Achéménides aux Lagides: histoire et archéologie des fortifications à l'ouest du Jourdain de 532 à 199 avant J.-C., avec appendices sur Jérusalem et sur les ouvrages fortifiés de Transjordanie et du nord du Sinaï (EtBib, n. s. 67; Pendé: Gabalda, 2014).

Baslez, M.-F., Bible et histoire: Judaïsme, hellénisme, christianisme (Paris: Fayard, 1999); = Bibbia e storia. Giudaismo, ellenismo, cristianesimo (Introduzione allo studio della Bibbia. Supplementi, 8; Brescia: Paideia, 2002).

Baumgarten, A., The Flourishing of Jewish Sects in the Maccabean Era: An Interpretation (JSJSup 55; Leiden: Brill, 1997).

Berquist, J. L. – A. Hunt (eds.), Focusing Biblical Studies: The Crucial Nature of the Persian and Hellenistic Periods: Essays in Honor of Douglas A. Knight (LHB/OTS 544; London: T & T Clark, 2012).

Blenkinsopp, J., "The Development of Jewish Sectarianism from Nehemiah to the Hasidim", in O. Lipschits – G. N. Knoppers – R. Albertz (eds.), Judah and the Judeans in the Fourth Century b.c.e. (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2007) 385-404. Reprinted under the title "Jewish Sectarianism from Ezra to the Hasidim", in J. Blenkinsopp, Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period (BZAW 495; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017) 207-220.

Blenkinsopp, J., Judaism: The First Phase. The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009).

Blum, E., "Volk oder Kultgemeinde? Zum Bild des nachexilischen Judentums in der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft", Kirche und Israel 10 (1995) 24-42. Reprinted as "Vorverständnis und historische Hypothesen: Volk oder Kultgemeinde? Zum Bild des nachexilischen Judentums in der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft", in E. Blum, Grundfragen der historischen Exegese: methodologische, philologische und hermeneutische Beiträge zum Alten Testament. Herausgegeben von W. Oswald und K. Weingart (FAT 95; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015) 195-214.

Boccaccini, G., Roots of Rabbinic Judaism: An Intellectual History from Ezekiel to Daniel (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002); = Wurzeln des rabbinischen Judentums: eine Geistesgeschichte von Ezechiel bis Daniel (Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Theologie und Zeitgeschichte, 11 / Arbeiten zur Bibel und ihrer Umwelt, 3; Berlin: Institut Kirche und Judentum, 2014).

Boffo, L., "Il mondo ellenistico degli imperi sopra-locali e delle dinastie regionali: Seleucidi e Asmonei", in G. L. Prato (ed.), Israele fra le genti in epoca ellenistica: un popolo primogenito cittadino del mondo. Atti del XVIII Convegno di Studi Veterotestamentari (Bologna, 9-11 Settembre 2013) (Ricerche storico-bibliche, 27/1; Bologna: Edizioni Dehoniane, 2015) 41-70.

Bourgel, J., "The Destruction of the Samaritan Temple by John Hyrcanus: A Reconsideration", JBL 135 (2016) 505-523.

Capdetrey, L., Le pouvoir séleucide: territoire, administration, finances d'un royaume hellénistique (312-129 avant J.-C.) (Collection "Histoire"; Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2007).

Cohen, S. J. D., The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999).

Collins, J. J. – D. C. Harlow (eds.), The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010).

Dahmen, U. – J. Schnocks (eds.), Juda und Jerusalem in der Seleukidenzeit: Herrschaft – Widerstand – Identität. Festschrift für Heinz-Josef Fabry (BBB 159; Göttingen: V&R Unipress; Bonn: Bonn University Press, 2010).

Davies, P. R. – J. M. Halligan (eds.), Second Temple Studies, III: Studies in Politics, Class and Material Culture (JSOTSup 340; London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002).

Dušek, J., Les manuscrits araméens du Wadi Daliyeh et la Samarie vers 450–332 av. J.-C. (CHANE 30; Leiden: Brill, 2007).

Dušek, J., Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria Between Antiochus III and Antiochus IV Epiphanes (CHANE 54; Leiden: Brill, 2012).

Dušek, J., "Mt. Gerizim Sanctuary, Its History and Enigma of Origin", HeBAI 3 (2014) 111-136.

Eckhardt, B., "The Hasmoneans and Their Rivals in Seleucid and Post-Seleucid Judea", JSJ 47 (2016) 55-70.

Ego, B., "Alexander der Große in der alttestamentlichen Überlieferung: eine Spurensuche und ihre theologischen Implikationen", in C. M. Maier (ed.), Congress Volume Munich 2013 (VTSup 163; Leiden: Brill, 2014) 18-39.

Eshel, H., The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State (Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008).

Finkelstein, I., "The Territorial Extent and Demography of Yehud/Judea in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods", RB 117 (2010) 39-54.

Finkelstein, I., "The Expansion of Judah in II Chronicles: Territorial Legitimation for the Hasmoneans?", ZAW 127 (2015) 669-695.

Goff, M. J., "The Hellenistic Period", in S. Niditch (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion; Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016) 241-256.

Grabbe, L. L., Judaism from Cyrus to Hadrian (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1992 / London: SCM, 1994).

Grabbe, L. L., A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period. Volume 2: The Coming of the Greeks: The Early Hellenistic Period (335–175 BCE) (Library of Second Temple Studies, 68; London: T & T Clark, 2008).

Grabbe, L. L., An Introduction to Second Temple Judaism: History and Religion of the Jews in the Time of Nehemiah, the Maccabees, Hillel, and Jesus (London & New York: T & T Clark, 2010).

Grabbe, L. L. – O. Lipschits (eds.), Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE). A Conference Held at Tel Aviv University, 17-19 April 2007 Sponsored by the ASG (Academic Study Group for Israel and the Middle East) and Tel Aviv University (Library of Second Temple Studies, 75; London: T & T Clark International, 2011).

Grabbe, L. L., "Hyparchs, Oikonomoi and Mafiosi: The Governance of Judah in the Ptolemaic Period", in L. L. Grabbe – O. Lipschits (eds.), Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE). A Conference Held at Tel Aviv University, 17-19 April 2007 Sponsored by the ASG (the Academic Study Group for Israel and the Middle East) and Tel Aviv University (Library of Second Temple Studies, 75; London: T & T Clark International, 2011) 70-90.

Greenspoon, L. J., "Between Alexandria and Antioch: Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period", in M. D. Coogan (ed.), The Oxford History of the Biblical World (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) 421-465 [= 317-351 in the 2001 paperback edition].

Gropp, D. M. – M. J. Bernstein (eds.), Wadi Daliyeh II: The Samaria Papyri from Wadi Daliyeh / by Douglas M. Gropp; Qumran Cave 4, XXVIII: Miscellanea, Part 2 / by Moshe Bernstein, et al. In consultation with James Vanderkam and Monica Brady (DJD XXVIII; Oxford: Clarendon, 2001).

Haag, E., Das hellenistische Zeitalter. Israel und die Bibel im 4. bis 1. Jahrhundert v. Chr. (Biblische Enzyklopädie, 9; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2003).

Hauben, H. – A. Meeus (eds.), The Age of the Successors and the Creation of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (323-276 B.C.) (Studia Hellenistica, 53; Leuven: Peeters, 2014).

Hensel, B., Juda und Samaria: Zum Verhältnis zweier nach-exilischer Jahwismen (FAT 110; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016).

Kartveit, M., "Samaritan Self-Consciousness in the First Half of the Second Century B.C.E. in Light of the Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim and Delos", JSJ 45 (2014) 449-470.

Kasher, A., "Further Revised Thoughts on Josephus' Report of Alexander's Campaign to Palestine (Ant. XI 304-347)", in L. L. Grabbe – O. Lipschits (eds.), Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE). A Conference Held at Tel Aviv University, 17-19 April 2007 Sponsored by the ASG (the Academic Study Group for Israel and the Middle East) and Tel Aviv University (Library of Second Temple Studies, 75; London: T & T Clark International, 2011) 131-157.

Kessler, R., "Political Elites in Ancient Judah: Continuity and Change", in R. Kessler – W. Sommerfeld – L. Tramontini (eds.), State Formation and State Decline in the Near and Middle East (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016) 135-143.

Knauf, E. A., "Biblical References to Judean Settlement in Eretz Israel (and Beyond) in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods", in P. R. Davies – D. V. Edelman (eds.), The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe (LHB/OTS 530; London: T & T Clark, 2010) 175-193.

Knoppers, G. N., "Aspects of Samaria's Religious Culture During the Early Hellenistic Period", in P. R. Davies – D. V. Edelman (eds.), The Historian and the Bible: Essays in Honour of Lester L. Grabbe (LHB/OTS 530; London: T & T Clark, 2010) 159-174.

Knoppers, G. N., Jews and Samaritans. The Origins and History of Their Early Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Leith, M. J. W., Wadi Daliyeh, I: The Wadi Daliyeh Seal Impressions (DJD XXIV; Oxford: Clarendon, 1997).

Levin, Y. (ed.), A Time of Change: Judah and Its Neighbours in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods (Library of Second Temple Studies, 65; London: T & T Clark, 2007).

Lipschits, O. – G. N. Knoppers – R. Albertz (eds.), Judah and the Judeans in the Fourth Century b.c.e. (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2007).

Lipschits, O. – O. Tal, "The Settlement Archaeology of the Province of Judah: A Case Study", in O. Lipschits – G. N. Knoppers – R. Albertz (eds.), Judah and the Judeans in the Fourth Century b.c.e. (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2007) 33-52.

Lipschits, O., "Jerusalem between Two Periods of Greatness: The Size and Status of the City in the Babylonian, Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods", in L. L. Grabbe – O. Lipschits (eds.), Judah Between East and West: The Transition from Persian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE). A Conference Held at Tel Aviv University, 17-19 April 2007 Sponsored by the ASG (the Academic Study Group for Israel and the Middle East) and Tel Aviv University (Library of Second Temple Studies, 75; London: T & T Clark International, 2011) 163-175.

Mimouni, S. C., Le Judaïsme ancien du VIe siècle avant notre ère au IIIe siècle de notre ère: des prêtres aux rabbins (Nouvelle Clio; Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2012).

Moore, S., Jewish Ethnic Identity and Relations in Hellenistic Egypt: With Walls of Iron? (JSJSup 171; Leiden: Brill, 2015).

Mor, M., "The Building of the Samaritan Temple and the Samaritan Governors – Again", in J. Zsengellér (ed.), Samaria, Samarians, Samaritans. Studies on Bible, History and Linguistics (Studia Judaica, Forschungen zur Wissenschaft des Judentums, 66; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011) 89-108.

Oswald, W., "Der Hohepriester als Ethnarch. Zur politische Organisation Judäas im 4. Jahrhundert v. Chr", ZABR 21 (2015) 309-320.

Porter, A., "What Sort of Jews Were the Tobiads?", in D. R. Edwards – C. T. McCollough (eds.), The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity. Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers (Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 60/61; Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2007) 141-150.

Primo, A., La storiografia sui Seleucidi: da Megastene a Eusebio di Cesarea (Studi ellenistici, 10; Pisa: Serra, 2009).

Pummer, R., "Was There an Altar or a Temple in the Sacred Precinct on Mt. Gerizim?", JSJ 47 (2016) 1-21.

Regev, E., The Hasmoneans: Ideology, Archaeology, Identity (JAJSup 10; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013).

Rösel, M., "Der Brief des Aristeas an Philokrates, der Tempel in Leontopolis und die Bedeutung der Religionsgeschichte Israels in hellenistischer Zeit", in F. Hartenstein – M. Pietsch (eds.), "Sieben Augen auf einem Stein" (Sach 3,9): Studien zur Literatur des Zweiten Tempels. Festschrift für Ina Willi-Plein zum 65. Geburtstag (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2007) 327-344.

Sacchi, P., "Cap. 3: La storia del popolo ebraico dopo l'esilio", in R. Fabris (ed.), Introduzione generale alla Bibbia. Seconda edizione rinnovata (Logos, Corso di Studi Biblici, 1A: Leumann [Torino]: Editrice Elledici, 2006) 91-124.

Saulnier, C. – C. Perrot, Historie d'Israël, III: De la conquête d'Alexandre à la destruction du temple (331 a.C. – 135 a.D.) (Paris: Cerf, 1985); = Storia d'Israele, III: Dalla conquista di Alessandro alla destruzione del tempio (331 a.C. – 135 d.C.) (Roma: Borla, 1988).

Seeman, C., "Jewish History from Alexander to Hadrian", in J. J. Collins – D. C. Harlow (eds.), Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012) 30-69.

Zangenberg, J. K., "The Sanctuary on Mount Gerizim: Observations on the Results of Twenty Years of Excavation", in J. Kamlah (ed.), Temple Building and Temple Cult: Architecture and Cultic Paraphernalia of Temples in the Levant (2.-1. Mill. B.C.E.). Proceedings of a Conference on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Biblical Archaeology at the University of Tübingen (28th - 30th of May 2010) (ADPV 41; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012) 399-418.

II.    Specific studies on the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes

Bar-Kochva, B., "The Religious Persecutions of Antiochus Epiphanes as a Historical Reality [Hebr.]", Tarbiz 84/3 (2016-17/Feb. 2017) 295-344 with an English abstract pp. v-vii. [detailed critique of Honigman 2014, see below]

Bringmann, K., Hellenistische Reform und Religionsverfolgung in Judäa. Eine Untersuchung zur jüdisch-hellenistischen Geschichte (175-163 v.Chr.) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1983).

Doran, R., "The Persecution of Judeans by Antiochus IV: The Significance of 'Ancestral Laws'", in D. C. Harlow – K. M. Hogan – M. Goff – J. S. Kaminsky (eds.), The "Other" in Second Temple Judaism: Essays in Honor of John J. Collins (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011) 423-433.

Efron, J., Studies on the Hasmonean Period (Studies in Judaism in Late Antiquity, 39; Leiden: Brill, 1987).

Fischer, T., Seleukiden und Makkabäer. Beiträge zur Seleukidengeschichte und zu den politischen Ereignissen in Judäa während der 1. Hälfte des 2. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (Bochum: Studienverlag Brockmeyer, 1980).

Gera, D., "The Seleucid Road Towards the Religious Persecution of the Jews", in M.-F. Baslez – O. Munnich (eds.), La mémoire des persécutions: autour des livres des Maccabées (Collection de la Revue des études juives, 56; Paris & Louvain: Peeters, 2014) 21-57.

Hengel, M., "Judaism and Hellenism revisited", in J. J. Collins – G. E. Sterling (eds.), Hellenism in the Land of Israel (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, 13; Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001) 6-37.

Honigman, S., Tales of High Priests and Taxes. The Books of the Maccabees and the Judean Rebellion Against Antiochos IV (Hellenistic Culture and Society, 56; Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2014).

Keel, O., "Die kultischen Massnahmen Antiochus' IV in Jerusalem: Religionsverfolgung und/oder Reformversuch? Eine Skizze", in J. Krašovec (ed.), The Interpretation of the Bible: The International Symposium in Slovenia (JSOTSup 289; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998) 217-242; = [same title], in O. Keel – U. Staub (eds.), Hellenismus und Judentum. Vier Studien zu Daniel 7 und zur Religionsnot unter Antiochus IV (OBO 178; Freiburg, Schweiz: Universitätsverlag; Göttingen:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000) 87-121.

Kooij, A. van der, "Groups and Parties in Early Judaism: Daniel 11:14 and the Hasideans", Semitica et Classica 8 (2015) 45-51.

Lichtenberger, H., "Der Feind Gottes in der frühjüdischen Literatur: Antiochus IV Epiphanes", in M. Tilly – M. Morgenstern – V. H. Drecoll (eds.), L'adversaire de Dieu = Der Widersacher Gottes. 6. Symposium Strasbourg, Tübingen, Uppsala, 27.-29. Juni 2013 in Tübingen (WUNT 364; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016) 53-74.

Mittag, P. F., Antiochos IV. Epiphanes. Eine politische Biographie (Klio. Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Beihefte, Neue Folge, 11; Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2006).

Mørkholm, O., Antiochus IV of Syria (Classica et mediaevalia, Dissertations, 8; København: Gyldendal, 1966).

Niesiołowski-Spanò, Ł., "Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the Jews: A Reassessment", in I. Hjelm – T. L. Thompson (eds.), History, Archaeology and The Bible Forty Years After "Historicity" (Copenhagen International Seminar – Changing Perspectives, 6; London & New York: Routledge, 2016) 130-140.

Portier-Young, A. E., Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011). Spanish: Apocalipsis contra Imperio: teologías de resistencia en el Judaísmo antiguo (Ágora 39; Estella [NA]: Editorial Verbo Divino, 2016).

Schnocks, J., "Was the Maccabean Revolt the 'First Religiously Motivated War in History' (J. Assmann)? Exegetical, Historical and Hermeneutical Contributions to a Recent Discussion", in P. Carstens – T. B. Hasselbalch – N. P. Lemche (eds.), Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis (Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts, 17; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2012) 327-342.

Schwartz, D. R. "Antiochus IV Epiphanes in Jerusalem", in D. Goodblatt – A. Pinnick – D. R. Schwartz (eds.), Historical Perspectives: From the Hasmoneans to Bar Kokhba in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 27-31 January, 1999 (STDJ 37; Leiden: Brill, 2001) 45-56.

Scolnic, B. E., "The Milesian Connection: Dan 11:23 and Antiochus IV's Rise to Power", VT 63 (2013) 89-98.

Scurlock, J., "167 BCE: Hellenism or Reform?", JSJ 31 (2000) 125-161.