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Jewish Migration And Cultural Exchange In Ptolemaic Egypt

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Though high-level trends concerning Jewish migration and cultural exchange in Ptolemaic Egypt are easier to trace, it is much more difficult to determine the specifics of daily life for Jewish families. Archeological evidence is extremely scare for this time period and geography, limiting what scholars can learn from it (notes 10/6). However, Egypt’s papyrological evidence provides direct data as to what Jews were doing once in Egypt. Complied in 1957, the corpus papyrorum judaicarum consists of over 500 pieces of Papyri that directly concern Jews or people related to Jews. Using 5 criteria, researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem filtered papyri concerning Jewish persons, creating the first ever collective of papyrological evidence
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