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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Bickerman, Elias J. The Jews in the Greek Age. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1962. A classic work by one of the acknowledged masters in Hellenistic studies.

Cohen, Shaye J. D. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1987. An excellent account by a leading scholar in the field.

Davies, W. D., and Louis Finkelstein, eds. The Cambridge History of Judaism. Vol. 2, The Hellenistic Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984. This standard reference work contains impressive analyses and syntheses by a distinguished group of experts.

Feldman, Louis H. Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World: Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. An impressive array of evidence dealing with non-Jewish attitudes toward Jews and the question of Jewish proselytism.

Goldstein, Jonathan A. 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees. Anchor Bible, vols. 41 and 41A. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1976, 1983. These commentaries are essential reading for anyone interested in these books.

Grabbe, Lester L. Judaism from Cyrus to Hadrian: Sources, History, Synthesis. Vol. 1. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992. The author of this recent study is judicious and perceptive in his analysis of primary documents.

Gruen, Erich S. “Hellenism and Persecution: Antiochus IV and the Jews.” In Hellenistic History and Culture, ed. Peter Green, 238–74. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. An excellent summary and discussion of various proposals to explain Antiochus IV's actions against the Jews.

Hengel, Martin. Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in Their Encounter during the Early Hellenistic Period. Trans. John Bowden. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974. One of the most influential studies of the past three decades.

Kraft, Robert A., and George W. E. Nickelsburg, eds. Early Judaism and Its Modern Interpreters. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1986. A collection in which experts discuss the status of research in their areas of specialization, with excellent bibliographies.

Modrzejewski, Joseph M. The Jews of Egypt: From Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian. Trans. Robert Cornman. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994. An elegant discussion of Ptolemaic (Hellenistic) Egypt as the zenith of Jewish life in that land.

Momigliano, Arnaldo. Essays on Ancient and Modern Judaism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. This posthumous publication contains several characteristically erudite and creative articles on Hellenistic Judaism.

Nickelsburg, George W. E. Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981. In-depth analysis by an acknowledged expert.

Peters, F. E. The Harvest of Hellenism: A History of the Near East from Alexander the Great to the Triumph of Christianity. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970. A dependable historical survey of the Hellenistic period.

Schiffman, Lawrence H. Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism, the Background of Christianity, and the Lost Library of Qumran. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994. A fine overview of the topic that emphasizes the Jewish context(s) of the scrolls and their authors.

Tcherikover, Avigdor. Hellenistic Civilization and the Jews. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1959. An influential study that is considered indispensable even by those who disagree with it.

Wills, Lawrence M. The Jewish Novel in the Ancient World. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1995. A sustained treatment of Daniel, Tobit, Esther, and Judith as Jewish novels.

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