In Alexandria there were numerous synagogues throughout the city, of which the largest was so famous that it is said in the Talmud that he who has not seen it has never seen the glory of Israel. In Egypt the Jews produced a considerable literature most of it now lostintended to inculcate in Greek-speaking Jews a pride in their past and to counteract a sense of inferiority that some of them felt about Jewish cultural achievements. In the field of history, Demetrius near the end of the 3rd century bce wrote a work titled On the Kings in Judaea ; perhaps intended to refute an anti-Semitic Egyptian priest and author, it shows considerable concern for chronology.
In the 2nd century bce a Jew who used the name Hecataeus wrote On the Jews. Cleodemus Malchusin an attempt to win for the Jews the regard of the Greeks, asserted in his history that two sons of Abraham had joined Heracles in his expedition in Africa and that the Greek hero had married the daughter of one of them.
On the other hand, Jason of Cyrene c. In addition, 3 Maccabees 1st century bce is a work of propaganda intended to counteract those Jews who sought to win citizenship in Alexandria. The Letter of Aristeasthough ascribed to the Egyptian king Ptolemy II Philadelphus в bcewas probably composed by state college dating sites Alexandrian Jew about bce to defend Judaism and its practices against detractors.
Egyptian Jews also composed poems and plays, now extant only in fragments, to glorify their history. Philo the Elder c.
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