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date: 29 February 2020

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Much scholarship has addressed the question of how Jewish writings negotiated Hellenistic imperial and cultural power. These negotiations began in the time of Alexander (d. 323), continuing through the Ptolemaic and Seleucid empires until the assertion of Roman hegemony over Judaea/Israel in 63 bce. This chapter briefly reviews some recent discussions, noting significant interactions as well as neglected complexities. It then adopts a postcolonial optic to foreground inequalities in the assertions of power, along with the often invisible colonized and their agencies and voices. The chapter also discusses situations marked by ambivalence, mimicry, consensual-conflictive hybridity, native fractures, and the mutual dependence of colonizer and colonized.

Keywords: cultural-political power, Jewish writings, ambivalence, hybridity, mimicry, horizontal violence, fractures, dependence

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