Review of new book on Private Associations and Jewish Communities in the Hellenistic and Roman Cities

Ryan Boehm of Tulane has reviewed a new collected volume on the problem of locating ancient Jewish and early Christian/Jewish-Christian sodalities in the social landscape of the ancient city. Were these groups something particularly Jewish, or can we consider them as roughly falling within the θιασος/collegium model? Nine chapters by a number of scholars consider the question.

The book is: Benedikt Eckhardt, ed. Private associations and Jewish communities in the Hellenistic and Roman cities. Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism, 191. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Here’s the table of contents:

Introduction: “Greco-Roman Associations” and the Jews, Benedikt Eckhardt (1–12)
Private Associations in Hellenistic and Roman Cities: Common Ground and Dividing Lines, Benedikt Eckhardt (13–36)
Political and Sacred Animals: Religious Associations in Greco-Roman Egypt, Andrew Monson (37–57)
Qumran Discipline and Rites of Affliction in Their Associational Context, Andrew R. Krause (58–75)
Jewish Associations in Alexandria?, Kimberley Czajkowski (76–96)
Les communautés juives de la Diaspora dans le droit commun des associations du monde gréco-romain, Marie-Françoise Baslez (97–114)
Associations beyond the City: Jews, Actors and Empire in the Roman Period, Benedikt Eckhardt (115–156)
Organisationsstrukturen jüdischer Gemeinden im Mäandertal, Ulrich Huttner (157–178)
The Associates and the Others: Were Rabbinic Ḥavurot Greco-Roman Associations?, Clemens Leonhard (179–205)