Elias Joseph Bickerman


Elias Bickerman (July 7, 1897 O.S. in Russia – August 31, 1981 in Jerusalem), also spelled as Bickermann or Bikerman, was a leading scholar of Greco-Roman history and the Hellenistic world. His life can be considered as a sort of synthesis of some of the most important events of his century: he had to leave Russia after the Bolshevik revolution and the Russian civil war, a few years later in Germany he witnessed the raising of the Nazi power until he, being a Jew, had to flee to France, country he had to abandon soon, for obvious reasons. Since 1942 he lived in the U.S. His research interests extended to Judaism and some aspects of Iranian history. For most of his career, he was Professor of Ancient History at
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, New York.

Main works

*''The God of the Maccabees'' (Berlin, 1937; English translation, 1979) *''Institutions des Séleucides'' (Paris, 1938) *''From Ezra to the Last of the Maccabees'' (New York, 1962) *''Studies in Jewish and Christian History'' (3 volumes, Leiden, 1976–1986) *''Religion and Politics in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods'' (Como, 1985) *''The Jews in the Greek Age'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1990)

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* 1897 births 1981 deaths Ukrainian historians 20th-century historians Corresponding Fellows of the British Academy {{Greece-historian-stub