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The Thought of Ancient Greek & Hebrew

As one can readily see, there is a vast difference between the two cultures. when it came to "the internal struggle between the Hellenic and the Hebraic ways of life . . . Matthew Arnolds believed (it) to be one of the lasting cleavages of human feeling and thought" (Durant 1939 579). In the various wars over Palestine, Ptolemy I won out and Judea remained under the rule of the Ptolemies for centuries. But, what is important here is that "Judea was left a large measure of self-government under the hereditary High Priest of Jerusalem and the Great assembly" (Durant 1939 579).

The basis for Judaism and the Hebrew culture was religion. The Hebrews of the time were not sophisticated traders, but preferred spiritual learning and devotion. "Into this simple and puritan life the invading Greeks brought all the distractions and temptations of a refined and epicurean civilization" (Durant 1939 580). All of a sudden, Greek influence- everything from "art and science, philosophy and athletics, courtesans and handsome boys, along with a gay sophistication that questioned all morals...

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