Dr. Amram Tropper, Ph.D. (2002) Oxford University, is Senior Lecturer in Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University. His publications include Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography (Oxford, 2004), Like Clay in the Hands of the Potter (Merkaz Zalman Shazar, 2011) and Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature (Brill, 2013).
Rewriting Ancient Jewish History: The History of the Jews in Roman Times and the New Historical Method
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The Narrative of the Narcissistic Nazirite
The aggadah of Simeon the Righteous and the shepherd from the south is explored here in light of two literary precursors, one Greek and one biblical. Striking similarities between the aggadah and the precursors suggest that the aggadah’s author drew inspiration from these earlier stories, fusing together some of their distinctive elements in his own original literary creation.