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The Age of Hellenism–2 / Jewish Reaction

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It is difficult to assess how Jewish society as a whole responded to this new reality. Did the isolated geographical circumstances of Jews (who lived primarily in the more remote hill country of Judea), combined with ethnic and religious differences, create a buffer between them and the outside world? Or were Jews affected by these changes in the same ways as were their pagan counterparts in the coastal cities, albeit at a somewhat slower pace? Unfortunately, our sources cannot answer these questions adequately.

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http://theophyle.wordpress.com
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Theophyle
Original Date: 
December 31, 2009
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BCE Articles from Theophyle's English Blog - Babylon and the Second Temple Period
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The Significance of the Sabbatical Year

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The sabbatical year is mentioned three times in the Torah. The first is in Exodus 23:10–11: “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it.” The emphasis in this passage is on letting the land lie fallow and the social benefits for the poor and impoverished.

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http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author: 
Theophyle
Original Date: 
October 12, 2009
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Miscellaneous Bible Articles from Theophyle's English Blog
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